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Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment: Fifty Inspirational Stories of Adventure and Self-Discovery Paperback – October 25, 2011
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"These women have found a real road to empowerment, inner strength, independence, and balance.
This book is an original and necessary vision, transcending the unique relationship between human being and machine and focuses on fifty stories of self-discovery through motorcycling."
Iván Montes Gálvez, Editor, La Moto
"People take many paths to empowerment. For many the motorcycle is the catalyst for that change which then spills over into other areas of their lives. The women in this book illustrate that point beautifully in story after story. This book is a gift Liz Jansen has given the world."
A wonderful collection of interviews that add a collective vision and colorful background to Liz's own story, not only about motorcycling - but also about living. Together, the women's voices emphasize how we are each unique and must follow our own dreams - no matter how crazy they seem to others.
Diana Bletter, The Best Chapter
If you do not ride, read the book. It is inspiring and very well written.You may just be inspired enough to learn how to ride yourself. If you are a male rider, read the book.You can place any story into it and the outcome would be the same.Race,gender,color don't define who we are.We as people define who and what we will be. Wilhemina Von Smythe
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Mark Richardson, Editor, Wheels, The Toronto Star, author of Zen and Now.
"You don't have to be a motorcyclist to appreciate the beautiful nuggets of wisdom shared by author Liz Jansen and the 49 female riders she interviewed for this book. Motorcycling may be the vehicle by which these women discovered their own life's path, but the theme of being our authentic self can resonate with each of us."
Genevieve Schmitt, Founder/Editor, Women Riders Now
"It doesn't matter whether you're lying in a mud puddle or perched on a podium; there is an intangible bond between women and motorcycle riding that Jansen beautifully captures as she traces the journeys of a stellar cast. Her writing is like the women she brings to us: fierce, yet vulnerable."
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Ms. Jansen tells her own story as well as the stories of 49 other women. In each case, the story is one of transformation and the central fixture in the stories is motorcycles. So I started looking for the commonalities among all the stories.
There is a very wide range of women - their backgrounds cover the entire spectrum. They come from many different professions, different educational levels, different sizes, shapes and ages. Yet all seemed to attain some exceptional personal growth - and the commonality among them was the motorcycle. I begin to ask: what was it about motorcycling that enabled these women to experience such transformation?
The majority of these women had some problems in their lives - many were involved in unhealthy relationships, many suffered from low self-esteem, some had serious health issues, while others were lost - searching for meaning or purpose. And each one seemed to find the exactly what they needed to transform their lives.
The answer was not to be found in any one individual's story but in looking at all the stories collectively. Here is what I discovered. Learning to ride a bike almost always involved a lot of fear. Becoming a competent rider meant pushing through that fear. This is very huge in self-development. It was not a one-time occurrence - it was a process over time. In addition, they normally had to stand up for what they wanted and stop caving into what others suggested they do. There was also some magic in the support group. I cannot immediately think of another activity that bands together like bikers. So when a woman needed support, there was always a group willing to lend encouragement, advice and help. Often biking is a group activity but the rider is still alone. So the mere activity of riding offers an escape from all the noise of everyday life and a chance to gain clarity. To ride safely and successfully requires total focus - it is a habit that helped women in all other areas of their lives.
The confidence gained from learning to master the bike, the habit of staying focused on the task at hand was then transferred to other areas of the women's lives. The results were simply outstanding.
Most non-bikers do not have a true appreciation for the valuable life lessons that come with mastering this skill. It can be life changing.
I don't know of any other activity that brings the transformational process together in such a unique way. Well worth studying to learn the way transformation really works.
I was provided a review copy of this book.
The book emphasizes that there are no limits of one's potential. Everyone is capable of mastering motorcycling. It's fascinating to read the stories of those with cancer, spina bifida, amputation, divorce, and financial ruin who get on a bike and discover the road to a more empowering life.
Liz Jensen, the author, weaves her own story throughout the book in such a brilliant way. It's an amazing tale of overcoming gender and cultural barriers, personal fears, divorce, and financial despair. Motorcycling kept her on the road to self-fulfillment. Everyone will relate to her story of overcoming fear based thinking and limiting beliefs.
Women motorcyclists will relate to the stories and the grand sense of community among women riders. But it may be best for those women who harbor a secret desire to master motorcycling but it's still just wishful thinking. If that's you then read the book and discover the stories of women overcoming their fears and taking control of the bike, the ride and their life. However, anyone woman can benefit from reading this book. It will stir hope for the future.
Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment will inspire and motivate the reader to ride and discover the seeds of personal power and leadership.
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Sharing the stories is very inspiring .