As comfortable on stage as on a Harley motorbike, Stephanie La Rochelle, 18, sang her heart out in CBC’s Over the Rainbow and won fans across Canada. Placing second in the nationwide competition, she’s best remembered for her fearless, in-your-face performances of “Cabaret” and “Buenos Aires,” as well as incredibly touching renditions of “Smile” and “Someone Like You.”
Since returning home to Ottawa, this self-described “quiet girl” has been hailed as a hometown hero by city council and made guest appearances throughout the capital region. READ ON
Control and freedom are the commonalities found among women bikers. That's why, some local female riders say, female motorcycle ridership is rapidly growing.
“Women riders are actually on a rise,” said Celeno Naquin, Mike Bruno's Bayou Country Harley-Davidson's marketing coordinator. “It's one of the highest-growing parts of the industry right now out of people buying bikes. Women have really stepped forward, and even within our dealership we've noticed a rise in our customers being women. It's really great that they're coming out of their shells. They're gaining their own independence, their own freedom. And we love it.” READ ON
The president of Russia’s first female motorcycle club works in the Harley Davidson workshop and rides a Fat Boy – the same bike that Arnold Schwarzenegger had in the Terminator. But Maria Mukhina does not look like either an outlaw biker or a hardcore feminist, and certainly does not consider her lifestyle choice a crusade against the patriarchy.
“I guess we’re on the front line of feminism, but we’ve never noticed it,” Mukhina, a jovial woman in her 30s, laughed, during the interview at aMoscow café, for which she traded her club vest for a purple sweater. READ ON