Behnaz Shafiei is using her motorbike to break barriers for women in Iran, where women are actually banned from riding motorcycles.
The 27-year-old is one of six women racers working to receive official certification from Iran’s Motorcycle and Automobile Federation, which would allow them to race on sanctioned tracks. Currently, the women have permission to ride on off-road circuits, but are prohibited from competing or getting official licenses.
At just 11 years old, Behnaz saw a woman riding in the countryside on a small motorbike, and knew immediately that riding motorcycles was her destiny. In an interview with a local Iranian publication Behnaz said, “My goal is to be a pioneer for other women.” She added, “Together, we can convince the authorities to recognize female motorcycle racing.”
Susan B. Anthony once said, “I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.” And although we know she was talking about the bicycle, it’s exactly how we feel when we see these awesome pics of Behnaz.
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