In 1916, if you were a progressive feminist, you rode a scooter.

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Here, for instance, is Lady Florence Norman, who was a fan of women getting the vote and also ran a hospital during WWI. In other words, she was awesome. As was her scooter, which Treehugger explains, was gas-powered — that electrical box was just for the lights and other doo-dads. We don’t know precisely how its carbon emissions compared to a walking or taking a bus or newfangled electric tram. But, even in 1916, we think this was a better choice than a car. Now, what can we do about getting modern progressive ladies zipping around the city on electric scooters?

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