The bicycle has a unique status as a moniker of several things: a practical piece of transportation, a sporting tool, the imprimatur of modernity, and, relevant to this special issue, a symbol of gender and class equity. But the racing of bicycles by women has been oddly absent from the literature in sport history. Women have been part of the bicycle’s experience since the bicycle’s inception in the mid-nineteenth century. Yet until recently, one would be hard pressed to know of this lengthy tradition of women in cycling and, especially of, women’s racing. This special issue seeks to rectify this situation.
celebrate Women’s History Month in March, NATA launched the Women in Athletic Training: A Women’s History Month Series. It featured weekly Q&As with members of the NATA Board of Directors: Diane Sartanowicz, MS, LAT, ATC, Katie Walsh Flanagan, EdD, LAT, ATC, Lyn Nakagawa, MS, ATC, CSCS, and Marisa Brunett
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and Victorian Role Model,” Women’s History Review 21, no. 3 (2012): 421. 5. Debra A. Shattuck, Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017). 6. Roberta J. Park, “Contesting the Norm: Women and Professional Sports in Late Nineteen-Century America