Annie Londonderry

– the first woman to go around the world on a bicycle

“Wheels of Change”

As feminist pioneer Susan B. Anthony said in 1896 to Nellie Bly (the woman that inspired Annie Londonderry)

The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.

This is a nice little video from the documentary, “Victorian Cycles – Wheels of Change,” produced and directed by Jim Kellett that expands on that quote.  More clips from the documentary can be seen here.

One must also check out Sue Macy’s book, “Wheels of Change”.  She has some wonderful links to other sources for cycling history in the 1890s on her website as well.

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6 thoughts on ““Wheels of Change”

  1. Wow. This is one of those little things that at first sight you don’t think had much of an impact on history…but it did. Love it!

  2. I’d follow a Flapper board 🙂

  3. Thanks for the shout-out for Wheels of Change!

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