When I tell people that I work for Pinkbike, I often get raised eyebrows. The mountain bike industry has a long history of being an old boys' club and the media side is no exception. Some people assume I work in a frat house. I don't.
While we have a long ways to go as an industry and as a company, I honestly feel we're on the right path. We recently hired Christina Chappetta as our first full-time presenter, who joins me and a bunch of other super badass women here, like Sarah Lukas, Kate Gayton, Paula Moran, Janelle Lucas, Kelly Wiltshire, Melanie Jansen, Brie Forster, Georgia Yardley, Christie Gibbs, and Claire Ryan. More importantly, our opinions are respected and our feedback is valued.
Last year, I asked what we can do to get more women into cycling
and James Smurthwaite asked why there aren't more World Cup Downhill teams that sponsor women
and we got tons of interesting feedback.
This year, the message for International Women's Day
has to do with gender equality in the workforce. As one of a very small
number of female journalists in the mountain bike world and someone who has spent her entire career working in the bike industry, I feel a responsibility to share more women's stories, introduce more women to this sport that I love, and to get more women into the bike industry.
So, I reached out to some of the prominent women that currently work in the industry to get their thoughts on how to add to their ranks.