As you know, the month of March is Women's History Month and during these 31 days, we need to look at more than Rosie the Riveter, Susan B. Anthony and the other astonishing women in our high school text books. I like to take this month to honor any and ALL women, since we are all incredible, in our own way. I wanted to take these 31 days to show you 31 inspiring, bad-ass, self made women who ride two wheels like they mean it. I wish March had more than 31 days because there are SO many empowering women in the scene that unfortunately, sometimes get overlooked since this community is majority ruled by men. Looking into our Instagram insights, 91% of our followers are men, leaving 9% as women. Our Facebook Page has a 94% men, and a 5% female audience. So when I say "ruled by men," the proof is in the stats!
Me (@peachy_fkn_keen) - en route to the Lowbrow Getdown on @tylerspir 's ironhead chopper
My name is Kaitie Rosiu. I'm 24 with an old soul. I manage all social media for Lowbrow, and I believe that women are just as strong as men. I struggled for a long time putting myself into hobbies, places and things because MOST of those things- are male dominated. There's a stigma. Misconceptions. Judgement. Nonacceptance. All of it. Constantly, I would tell myself "grow thicker skin." "Straighten your back bone."
I attended my first chopper show in 2015. It was Mama Tried in Milwaukee. I right then in there realized what I wanted to be apart of, no matter what was said or thought by others. In 2015 I never would have expected to be doing what I am doing today, with a company that I absolutely adore working for. I never would have thought I'd actually have my endorsement. I never, ever would have thought I'd actually ride a chopper. There's so many past hobbies I dropped because I took too much to heart. If I could give younger Kaitie any advice, it would be "fuck what anyone thinks, as long as it makes you happy." I'm in welding school now. I'm working with the motorcycle community every single day. I'm learning, growing, making friends and traveling because of it and most importantly, I'm HAPPY.
Women are human. We are not sex objects. We can do ANYTHING without the company of a man. We aren't into what we are into, for YOU. We know the difference between a flat head and a phillips. We can kickstart a rusty ironhead. We can shotgun beer and we sure as hell can ride motorcycles across the country. We can do all of that, while wearing makeup, the color pink, crop tops and fake nails. If you think otherwise- you're the problem here. Over the course of the month, Lowbrow Customs will be featuring one woman every day who stands up for themselves, supports women, loves motorcycles and inspires me, personally. At the end of each week, I will be putting a blog together to show these ladies more in-depth since I did send them interview questions! Happy Women's Month to all the ladies out there. xoxo.
For my first post for Women’s History Month, I thought it was only right to post @thejessicombs since she not only made history being #TheFastestWomanOnFourWheels, but because she actually inspires me, personally. I unfortunately never got the chance to meet Jessi, and unfortunately I won’t have an interview with her in this blog. I know that Jessi inspired many people, and from what I’ve been told she had a heart of gold, was always smiling and truly was a bad ass. Her legacy will live on forever through @thejessicombsfoundation. http://www.thejessicombsfoundation.com
“It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire... those who are willing, are those who achieve great things.”
Becky Goebel (@actuallyitsaxel) Photo by Ashley Barker (@barkerfoto)
Anna Moore (@dingoatemybaby)
Erin Fitzgerald (@ohpreciousdistance) Photo by Alexa Diserio (@orchestratic) for @PittsburghMoto
Paige Macy (@stripe_cult_painting) Photo by Alyssa Del Valle (@alykatshoots)
What is your full name?: Paige Macy
Do you have any nicknames?: Some people call me Chainsaw hahahah
What kind of bike do you have?: 2001 sportster, 1998 dyna fxd, 2006 Honda crf
What got you into motorcycles?: My roommate Jessica Haggett at the time had a bike and it looked like so much fun. We ended up moving to a new house and we moved down the street from Rev and Seth Clark (Salt City Builds) when they were still working out of their garage and we all became friends! Seth and Rev helped me pick out my first bike and they taught me how to ride! I have been riding for 8 or 9 years now.
What are some your favorite events to attend (if any)?: I haven’t gone to a ton of events but the 1 Moto Show in Portland has always been always a good time, and the big camp out that @thelitas throw @theblacktopramble is definitely my favorite!
What was your first time on a motorcycle like? You as the driver: The first time I rode a street bike was really fun, and really scary haha I definitely dropped it trying to make a U turn but after that I got the hang of it haha.
Who is your favorite woman in history?: I have never been one to look up to just one person, I like to appreciate all! I have always looked up to strong women and aspired to be one! From my friends and family to women I have never met before.
What do you think the biggest misconception is when it comes to women and the motorcycle "scene"?: I think the biggest misconception about women riding that I hear is “women can’t ride.” It boils my blood every time I hear someone say that! I ride with some of the most badass woman and they ride as good as any men I know!
If you could give one piece of advice to a girl who is afraid of the "stigma", what would it be?: A piece of advice for that ol stigma of riding would be prove them wrong! Anyone that tells you that woman can’t ride, or “get on the back,” should make you want to prove them wrong. I personally have had to deal with that a ton. From dudes asking me if I can handle the bike I’m on, to them finding out I’m the painter they have been talking to and they are no longer interested in having me paint their bike, but the other fact is 90% of everyone that rides is super nice, welcoming and will help you out however they can. I have WAY WAY more good experiences with people then bad. The moto community is like a big family and I love it. There’s just a few bad eggs hahaha
Ria, being a badass. (@ria.the.welder)
Stacey (@fashion_stacey) and Clementine (@_darlin_clementine) Photo by Dan (@creepercrook)
What is your full name?: Stacey Hearn
Do you have any nick-names?: No
What kind of bike do you have?: 97 Harley Davidson sportster, 85 Honda Rebel
What got you into motorcycles?: When I started dating my BF 6 years ago, I quickly realized I did not want to be on the back of a bike. He and all of his friends rode, so I decided to get my license. I grew up riding dirt bikes and four wheelers so i caught the bug being around all of them.
How long have you been riding?: 4 years
What are some of your favorite events to attend (if any)?: My sporty was in Fuel Cleveland and Keystone Collective. Those were fun events. I also like Cheap Thrills. Hoping to make a Babes ride out.
What was your first time on a motorcycle like? You as the driver: First time on the back was terrifying. I don’t like not being in control. First time as a driver was also scary for different reasons but amazing!
Something interesting about yourself: I am a big health advocate for the bulldog breed. Through my bulldogs page, @_darlin_clementine, we help raise money for rescue as well as to educate people on how to care for their bulldogs. It’s something I am very passionate about.
Who is your favorite woman in history?: I don’t have a favorite, but I really admire Jane Goodall.
What do you think the biggest misconception is when it comes to women and the motorcycle "scene" ?: Honestly, I don’t know and I don’t really care. I just ride for me, on a bike that was built for me!
If you could give one piece of advice to a girl who is afraid of the "stigma", what would it be?: I would say fuck what anyone else thinks! If you wanna ride a bike, do it!
Text and interviews by Kaitie Rosiu
Tune in next week for Week Two of Women Who Ride in celebration of Women's History Month.