Dorothy "Dot" Robinson, the wife of dealer Earl Robinson, competed alongside men in endurance races during the Depression. She was also co-owner of the Detroit dealership and a motorcycle courier during World War II. Known as "The First Lady of Motorcycling," she estimated logging over 1.5 million miles on motorcycles throughout her lifetime.
Trailblazer Bessie Stringfield left her mark on the sport of motorcycling by being the first African-American woman to complete a solo cross-country ride. During the '30s and '40s, she traveled through all of the lower 48 states and rode abroad in Europe, Brazil, and Haiti. She also joined an army motorcycle dispatch unit during World War II, making runs across America.
The Motor Maids, the world's first women's motorcycle club, was founded in the 1930s by Wellesley College graduate Linda Dugeau. The club became home to Dot Robinson, who was its first president, as well as countless others into the present day.
More modern times have witnessed the creation of the clubs "Women in the Wind" and "Women on Wheels," which boast large numbers of members and local chapters across North America. Today, one in ten riders is a woman, and female riders are the fastest-growing segment of the riding population.