Motor Maids- oldest motorcycle organization for women in North America
After I found out who was the first female motorcyclist documented, another question popped into my head.
I know the history of motorcycle clubs, but in every book I've read about this subject never found accurate information about the existence of the first women motorcycle club. Female riding evolved from the earlier bicycle. Women loved bicycles for the mobility and freedom they allowed. In fact, Susan B. Anthony said, "The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world."
Sooooo today I will share with you all the information of my research about the first female motorcycle club. Yes, there are women motorcycle clubs and I am proud to read about them and make them world wide known. As you know, in the USA, the 19th Amendment guaranteed Women would receive the same right to vote as men. The era between 1878 and when it was finally ratified in 1920 was tough on women everywhere, but for those who stood up for what they believed in and help prove, reveal or otherwise convince the majority of the citizens of the United States that women kick ass and deserve to have the same rights as men: WE SALUTE YOU!!! Thank you!!!!! The first motorcycle organization only for women started with Linda Dugeau (was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on May 15, 1913) and Dorothy ‘Dot’ Robinson (Goulding) ( was born on April 22, 1912, in Australia, moving to America in 1918).
The two ladies wanted to unite women riders, to show that you could ride a motorcycle and still be classy. So in 1938, they started a campaign to establish a national network of female motorcyclists who owned and rode their own motorcycles. Took 3 years to locate the charter members of The Motor Maids. The organization was chartered with the AMA in 1941, making it the oldest motorcycle organization for women in North America. Dot Robinson was appointed the first President. She held this position for the next 25 years until she resigned during the convention in 1965.
On the ladies web site http://www.motormaids.org/AboutUs/AboutMotorMaids.aspx we discover that some of the lady members served in the Armed Forces during the war. During that time, getting together for meets was greatly restricted because of gas rationing. The first formal convention was held in Columbus, Ohio , May 27 & 28, 1944, with Jane Farrow and Jo Folden co-hosting. Formal business was conducted and a banquet dinner was held at the Columbus Steak House. Over Labor Day weekend that same year, the first Regional Meeting was held at Plainfield, New Jersey. Out of this meeting came the club colors - Royal Blue and Silver Gray - and the Motor Maid emblem in the form of a shield. The uniform had its beginnings at this meeting also.
Linda Dugeau was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2004. Dot Robinson was a pioneer for women motorcycle riders, she was the first female to win an AMA event. Inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1991.
Reading more, we find out that in 2015 the Motor Maids celebrated 75 years of continuous operation with approximately 1300 members. Moto Maids in photos:
Linda Dugeau Dot Robinson and Vivian Bales
Motor Maids Convention 1964
Motor Maids Convention 1966
Motor Maids Convention 2008
Motor Maids Convention 2013
For more pieces of information please visit the official website http://www.motormaids.org/AboutUs/AboutMotorMaids.aspx
http://pasmotormaids.org/html/hOurDist.html Info from the book "Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles, and the Rapture of the Road Paperback "– June 11, 1996 by Ann Ferrar (Author) http://www.jpcycles.com/ http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/ https://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/