The WCM will increase the participation of females in all disciplines of motorcycling as it grows the number of motorcyclists overall. Our goal is to double our numbers by 2020.
Trailblazer Effie Hotchkiss and her mom, Avis, were the first women to cross the USA on a motorcycle in 1915. Nearly a century later, on March 17, 2012, 18-year-old Elena Myers was the first female motorcycle roadracer to win a professional motorsports race of any kind on the Daytona International Speedway. Women riders have come a long way, but not far enough. That’s ALL about to change with the formation of the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM), which has united representatives from the American Motorcyclist Association, MAD Maps, Motor Maids, Pro Convention, the Women’s International Motorcycle Association USA, Women in the Wind, Women On Wheels® and the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation in a shared objective: to double the number of female riders by 2020, and to increase and support women riders and their advocates.
Promoting dynamic role models and wider riding opportunities will serve as catalysts to draw more women into all aspects of motorcycling. The WCM will establish motorcycle industry partnerships to build a scholarship fund. The fund will support aspiring female rider coaches and instructors, as well as promising female competitors in all disciplines: on-road, off-road, and on the track.
Read more: Women's Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM)
Riders for Health is an international non-profit organization and social enterprise that specializes in overcoming challenges to delivering vital health care to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Riders provides vehicles – primarily motorcycles – to health workers and trains them how to safely operate and maintain the vehicles. Riders also provides safety gear for the health workers and educates and equips skilled technicians to ensure that the vehicles stay running for their full usable life-span. Over the last twenty years, Riders for Health has been able to improve access to health care for 12.5 million women, men, and children across Africa.
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