On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is officially ratified, giving women the right to vote.

On Aug. 18, 1970, a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality, led by Betty Friedan on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment calls attention to unequal pay and other gender inequalities in America.

Susan B. Anthony proclaims the Bicycle does more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. And Frances Willard writes this:

“That which caused the many failures I had in learning the bicycle had caused me failures in life; namely, a certain fearful looking for of judgment; a too vivid realization of the uncertainty of everything about me; an underlying doubt–at once, however (and this is all that saved me), matched and overcome by the determination not to give in to it.”

-Frances E. Willard, How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle: Reflections of an Influential 19th Century Woman