Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, And A Bicycle Changed History
Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, And A Bicycle Changed History by Sue Stauffacher
In the old days, most girls came to America with a dream. All Tillie Anderson had was a needle... So she got herself a job in a tailor shop and waited for a dream to come and find her.
And then onde day, a man sped by the shop on a bicycle. That was it. From then on, Tillie dreamed of riding. She was told "bicycles aren't for ladies" and, if she insisted, she should practice graceful figure eights. But Tillie wanted to go fast! And that kind of riding - the speedy, scorchy, racy kind, couldn't be done in a fancy lady's dress...
With arduous training and her (shocking!) new clothes, Tillie began entering - and winning - races. Amidst criticism for her "unwomanly" riding and support from women's rights activists, she became a whirling sensation - and the women's bicycle-racing champion of the world!
Sue Stauffacher's lively text and Sarah McMenemy's charming illustrations capture the energy of the bicycle craze that swept America in the 1890's and tell the story of a remarkable woman who would not let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.