That is what the number sticker on Ashley Fiolek’s pickup truck reads, and it is a good indication of how Ashley does not let her deafness keep her from pursuing the things she wants in life. Deciding at a young age to become a motocross racer, Ashely ignored the many people that told her she would be unable to ride because she could not hear the engine wind out, or other racers approaching behind her. By the time she was 18, she won her first championship. Since then, she became the first female racer to appear on the cover of Transworld Motocross, been recognized by many deaf advocacy groups, and has worked for women’s rights in the United States and abroad.


Each week at the Lab Summer Camp, we are celebrating the life and achievements of women who have broken new ground, crossed boundaries, and shaped the world in inventive, and often astonishing ways. Ashley Fiolek ┬áis the our first “Muse” of the Summer, and tt the Lab this week, it is all about motion! Making things move on wheels, creating kinetic art, and exploring our senses and even learning a little sign language.

Sign up for Summer Camp here!

Read more about Ashley in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls!