"... In India her main problem was gangs of young cyclists who jeered, jabbed at her, pulled her hair and grabbed the handlebars. Sensing mounting hysteria one day outside a school, she looked in panic to two adult cyclists who had dismounted to watch but clearly intended to do nothing. The crisis brought out the headmistress of old: "I glared around with a steely eye, and controlling the pitch of my voice with great effort, said slowly and authoritatively, 'Will you kindly step back and let me pass through?' It worked a charm. Whether or not they understood what I said, they recognised the magisterial tone. They quietened instantly and stepped back. 'Thank you,' I said coolly, pushing my bicycle forward and pedalling off with a confident air."..."
Read about Anne Musto who gave up a headmistress job to cycle around the world.