January 2005: This month I received this note from a soldier.
I do just love compliments.
"Wanted to say your site looks
great! I'm a woman who rides (as a full patched
Motorcycle Club, and Iím very pleased to see other women out
there making changes in the ways people think about women and
TSG Tamsen S. Thistlehawk-Ranck, Curmudgeon, Munitions Accountability
I received this email from a young boy.
"My name is Bobby. I am 12. My Dad says most normal women are
afraid of motorcycles. Are your members different from most women?"
Bobby from Ohio
Well, Bobby, most of the time I ask the membership to answer the questions
I get but, in this case, I want to answer your question. I'm not really
sure what your Dad means by normal women so I'll ignore that.
Spokes-women members are no different than the members of other women's
groups. Some of us are single, some married. Some are mothers. Some
We have students, homemakers and working women. Some members have ordinary
jobs. Some are professionals. We belong to many different religions
and political parties. Our members range in age from early twenties
to almost 70.
Like the members of any organization, we joined
the club because we share
common interests. In this case, our common interests are our
love of motorcycles and our desire to help others. Spokes-Women contributes
money to several charitable organizations and other worthy causes each
year. Being a women's motorcycle club, we support charities and worthy
causes that benefit women and children. Participation in our fundraising
activities is a requirement for membership. So is
a motorcycle. All full members must have a valid motorcycle license
and be female.
Men and non-riding women can be associate members. While most
of the members husbands don't join the club, some do and are associate
riding motorcycles for over 30 years. When I started riding I was 16.
Back then everybody thought I was crazy because I liked riding motorcycles.
(You know, Girls aren't supposed to like dangerous things...) Today,
more women are riding motorcycles now than ever before. My 5 year old
told me not too long ago that she was going to ride a motorcycle when
she gets big so she she can go riding with grandma and daddy. I hope
So, Bobby, while most women (and many men) may still be afraid
to ride a motorcycle, lots of us aren't afraid. Maybe when you get
you'll try riding a motorcycle. Who know? Maybe you'll like it too.