When did it start for you?

Generations of educated, empowered women are moving into leadership across all sectors

When did it start for you?

Perhaps it was a parent, a teacher, a coach. Someone made you stand a little taller, feel a little more confident, run a little harder.

American women born in the late nineteenth century came of age in the early to mid-twentieth century. They raised their families; fought for the vote; survived war and pandemic and depression and paved the way for the legions of today’s twenty-first century men and women who “do things”

Lilly Farrow was a Suffragette, a young widowed mom of four, a business owner – a pioneer in the motorcycle industry. Her story epitomizes the full and rich life of a fully empowered person.


This Team represents the elite among the PowerSports community. Collectively this inspiring group is providing the leadership and guidance that brings life to Lilly’s story and this project.


Lilly was born Lillian Beatrice Matheny in Nelsonville Ohio in 1892. Lilly was an American motorcycle dealer. At twenty years old, she and her twenty-three year old husband, A.BD. (Dale) Farrow, opened their dealership which survived the Flu Epidemic, WW1, The Great Depression and WW2. Lilly and Dale’s dealership went on to become American’s Oldest Harley-Davidson dealership. Lilly lost her husband, Dale in 1927, leaving her a young widow raising three young children alone. As a single mom, she was active in Suffragette, a business woman, community leader and a long distance motorcyclist. Lilly persevered against long odds to run one of the most prominent motorcycle dealership of the twentieth century. Lilly became the country’s first female motorcycle dealer. She continues to inspire young women riders to this day, with her hard work, passion, influence, leader and creativity. Lilly died on September 22, 1984 at the age of 92.

Cris Sommer Simmons

Moto Journalist/Author
National Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame, 
Sturgis Hall of Fame, AMA Hall of Fame

Jill Parham

Founder of J&P Cycles Sturgis Hall of Fame, President, National Motorcycle Museum

Brittney Olsen

Racer, Restorer Founder 20th Century Racing, Co-Founder, VP, The Spirit of Sturgis

Gail Worth

Dealer Principal, Gail’s Powersports, 
Grandview, MO.

Marilyn Stemp

Moto Journalist/Author Sturgis Hall of Fame

Tigra Tsujikawa

Member TOP 100 Women in Powersports, Rider/Enthusiast/Marketing Maven

Sarah Hardwick

CMO Aptera Motors. 


New and bold photos from Iron Lilly