Women Riders

Cold Weather Reading

Written by  February 1, 2015

Except for a few lucky states, it’s the middle of winter, a time when you think bears have the right idea. You look forlornly at the leather hanging on a hook in the closet, and you thought you heard a lonely whine emanating from the garage. You really don’t feel like doing (ugh!) housework, and at some point, you have to put on your heaviest coat just to get the mail.

Amazon has a good selection of books, specially written for the woman biker. Tops on the reviews are:

The American Motorcycle Girls

The American Motorcycle Girls: A Photographic History Of Early Women Motorcyclists by Cristine Sommer Simmons. Cristine is the founder of Harley Women magazine as well as a song writer (she is married to the Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons). For almost 30 years, Cristine has been collecting photographs of women motorcyclists, and then spent hundreds of hours researching. The result is a book that, as one reviewer stated, “Sheds incredible light on the true pioneers of women in the motorcycle world.” Cristine was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2003.

 Women Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment

Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment: Fifty Inspirational Stories of Adventure and Self-Discovery by Liz Jansen integrates her own story with that of forty-nine women whose stories “illustrate a literal and symbolic common message of empowerment; how they have tapped into their power and how it has shaped their lives. They represent all disciplines of riding and come from diverse backgrounds; including one of Hollywood’s top stuntwomen, federal politicians, artists, activists, adventurers, business leaders, racers and a dental hygienist.” After a successful career in Human Resources and Training and Development, Liz decided to change her path and, combining her love of riding with her expertise from her precious career, built a business that is based on the belief that if you can master two wheels, you can master anything.

 Hear Me Roar

Hear Me Roar by Ann Ferrar is another chronicle of the history of women in motorcycling that includes interviews, photos and stories. Ann traveled over 30,000 miles to interview hundreds of women riders, explore historical archives and attend events. To date, Hear Me Roar is the only book of its kind in the Library of Congress. Ann has lectured at universities and libraries for Women's History Month, as well as served as an advisor to museum curators and filmmakers on women's motorcycling history.

So grab that old blanket, pour a glass of wine and settle in with a good book…or three!