Iron Horse Cowgirls

Louise Scherbyn and the Women Motorcyclists of the 1930s and 1940s

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About the Book

Before Louise Scherbyn founded the Women’s International Motorcycle Association, she was simply a working girl who loved motorcycling—at a time when women weren’t allowed to wear pants, roads weren’t hard-topped, and handlebars didn’t always remain attached while riding. Worse, the women’s auxiliaries she looked to for support all turned out to be the wrong fit—some uncomfortably, disastrously so—forcing Louise to forge a path of her own.
This book tells the fascinating story of Scherbyn’s journey in forming the first stand-alone women-only motorcycle association, a lifelong mission she came to whole-heartedly embrace. Chapters cover 225,000 miles and two decades’ worth of community-building, hostilities, physical and professional attacks, recovery, sisterhood and much more. Scherbyn paved the way for women motorcyclists across the world while facing a storm of threats and uncertainties, driving ahead with newfound friends and her singular, unifying vision for women who ride.

About the Author(s)

The late Linda Back McKay was a poet, writer, coach, and teaching artist. Her work appeared in literary publications such as Great River Review, Water~Stone Review, and White Pelican Review. She taught at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Kate St. Vincent Vogl’s essays appear in best-selling anthologies such as Why We Ride and Listen to Your Mother, and her fiction has received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and from the Anderson Center. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Bibliographic Details

Linda Back McKay and Kate St. Vincent Vogl
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 255 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6946-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5115-6
Imprint: McFarland