As the percentage of women riders continues to climb, so it seems has the number of women’s riding groups. From loose-knit groups of friends, to established organizations with local chapters all over the nation, women are carrying over into motorcycling something they’ve done in nearly every other facet of life: they’re gathering and organizing to support and encourage each other, as well as meaningful causes and community organizations.
A quick survey of some of these efforts reveals a range of causes as broad as the interests of the women themselves. A few examples of women motorcycle riders and the efforts they lead:
Female bikers are leading efforts large and small to support U.S. military troops. For example, MC Mags for Military is a small but mighty group in western Iowa which collects and sends motorcycle magazines and care packages to troops overseas. Founder Dana Vincent says that from 2009 to 2010, she shipped more than 120 boxes containing magazines, toiletries, snacks phone cards and other items to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Africa.
Another troop support organization was started by a group of women in Savannah, Georgia in 2007. The Bomber Girls is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which hosts a variety of fund-raisers throughout the year, including cookie drives, bike washes, and the annual Armed Forces Day Poker Run. They also volunteer for the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces team.
Pink has burst forth as the color of breast cancer research support, and women riders have embraced the color and the cause with a vengeance. One effort (and there are many) that has achieved national stature is the Women Who Ride Conga Line (aka “Flo’s Conga”). This event starts out as many small rides from around the U.S., and converges on a collective end-point in mid-summer, all in the name of raising funds to support the research that will end cancer. The effort has raised almost $100,000 in four years.
Emergency response personnel frequently use the gift of a teddy bear to soothe a frightened child in the aftermath of a traumatic accident or incident. In Maryland, the Sisters of Chrome MC sponsors an annual donation drive and benefit ride that provides new teddy bears to Maryland Hugs of Hope. The bears are not only given to children, but to all those who need the sense of security.
Of course, there are thousands of organizations, causes, and issues that women riders care about. And certainly, bikers have been a force for community good for decades. But women riders are putting their own stamp on the causes that matter most to them, and the natural “community” of motorcyclists makes a great starting point.Janet is a guest blogger from Biker Chick News. In exchange for sharing this content, the Allstate Community has compensated her via cash payment.