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The wheels that set her free
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In September of 1895, a young Jewish mother from Boston rolled into Chicago astride a Sterling bicycle and declared victory. She had set out 15 months earlier, leaving her three young children and husband behind, in an attempt to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle.

Though her purchase on that title would prove dubious. In addition to riding approximately 7,000 miles by bicycle she made liberal use of trains and steamships. She had, nevertheless, succeeded spectacularly in another of her goals. To become famous as an international symbol of women’s emancipation, and it was the bicycle that had set her free.

Source: Salon

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