Meet the Wheelwoman

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Date Posted: 9/15/2017

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents a filmed version of its on-the-floor program, Meet the Wheelwoman.

In this film, you’ll hear from a wheelwoman—a female bicycle rider from the 1890s—and learn about how women of that era used bicycles to change their lives.

You can also view this video in segments to facilitate an inquiry based lesson with your class.

Film Segments:
Introduction -
Do children ride bicycles? -
What do you wear to ride? -
What is the suffrage movement? -
What do people think about women riding bicycles? -
What is a safety bicycle? -
How much does a bicycle cost? -
How are the roads? -
What’s in your basket? -
Non-segmented version:

National Standards

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

Instructional Strategies