Susan B. Anthony once said, “I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world,” words that could not be truer in present-day rural Cambodia, GOOD reports.
School for many girls in Cambodia ends early because secondary schools are often too far and the commute too dangerous. “Rape and other forms of violence against women have reached epidemic proportions in the Cambodia countryside,” according to GOOD. But on bicycle, girls are safer and can travel farther. A grassroots organization, Lotus Outreach International, supplies sturdy bikes to the poorest girls living more than a mile from the nearest school. So far, it has supplied more than 1,000 girls with bicycles.