We love a good story about badass women making history, and this one is super inspiring. Behnaz Shafiei is a motorcycle racer from Iran, a country that does not allow women to ride motorbikes or take part in the sport professionally, who is using her talent to fight for women’s rights in the country.
Being a female motorcycle rider in Iran is not just frowned up, it’s actually illegal through the country’s modesty laws and women must not be seen riding bikes in the street. Currently, women have permission to ride on off-road circuits, but are prohibited from competing or getting official licenses.
Through women like Shafiei however, attitudes within the sport appear to be turning. The 27-year-old, along with five other women, has just succeeded in a campaign to stage the country’s first ever all-female race.