saw this the other day. wondering if its worth researching to create an article

“Ninety per cent of the diseases of women are functional
ailments, begotten of ennui and lack of opportunity of
some means of working off their superfluous muscular,
nervous and organic energy. Cycling is an extraordinary
and sovereign boon in this way for the sex.” So says Dr
Fenton, a great medical authority.

Melbourne Punch, October 1896

facinated by the medical advice given at that time to women. see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteria_(2011_film)