First Motorcycle License Granted to a Woman

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First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Washington, D.C., Sept. 15. Although she weights only 88 pounds--one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club - the only girl ever to be accorded this honor
First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Washington, D.C., Sept. 15. Although she weights only 88 pounds–one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club – the only girl ever to be accorded this honor

Sally Halterman was just 27 years old, 88 pounds and just under five feet tall. That didn’t stop her from becoming the first woman to receive a license to operate a motorcycle in D.C.

This photo was taken on September 15th, 1937, with Halterman sitting on her bike in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

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  • Sabrina Nelson

    Is sally still alive? if not what are her birth and death dates?