Female Motorcycle Riders Support Their Communities
The percentage of motorcycle owners who are women has risen in recent years, from 8 percent in 1998 to 14 percent at the end of 2015, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Motorcycle Owner Survey. As that number increases, it’s likely that the number of women’s riding groups is growing as well.
Today, especially with the help of social media, it can be easy for women to find a local women-only riding group to join and enjoy the camaraderie that riding has to offer. As more women start riding motorcycles, it appears they’re also contributing to a growing riding culture of supporting meaningful causes and community organizations.
Below are just a few examples of some of the causes supported by women’s riding groups:
Supporting the Troops
Women riders can be vocal when it comes to supporting the troops, and here is an example of a group dedicated to that cause:
- The Bomber Girls, LRC. A charitable organization of female motorcycle riders, this independent group supports military personnel and their families. They show support by raising awareness and funds for local veteran causes, charities and groups in Georgia and Indiana, with the main focus of sending care packages to deployed troops.
Fighting Breast Cancer
This has been a cause that many women’s riding groups have supported to help raise awareness.
- MAWMR. Created in 1993 by Nancy Warren, the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Motorcycle Rally (MAWMR) is a community of women motorcyclists and enthusiasts who raise funds in support of those fighting cancer.
- Ribbon Riders. Founded in 2008, Ribbon Riders, Inc., is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps provide support to both men and women battling breast cancer in central Florida. Each year, the Ribbon Riders host the Go Pink! Escorted Motorcycle Ride in Sanford, Florida, to help raise funds and build its community.
Helping children’s charities is another cause that many woman riders support, as well.
- Leather and Lace MC. This international women’s riding group (with chapters in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom) was created in 1983 by Jennifer Chaffin and is focused on supporting various children’s charities and increasing public awareness of motorcycles and motorcyclists. The local chapters are affiliated with numerous community events and fundraisers throughout the year.
- Distinguished Divas Motorcycle Club. This all-female motorcycle club was founded in 1993 and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The DDMC encourages its members to be positive leaders within their local communities, promote unity among female riders and volunteer at various community service events.
There are plenty of women-only riding groups that get together to serve numerous charities and may not be affiliated with a particular cause. In addition, there are all sorts of other riding clubs that may suit your needs. The key to an enjoyable experience is finding the one that’s right for you.