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Jewish Women on the Map - Massachusetts State House

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Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
2108 Boston, MA
United States

From this spot, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky set out from Boston on June 25, 1894, to attempt a circumnavigation of the world by bicycle.  On her way out of Boston, she hung a placard advertising Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company from her bicycle, and accepted $100 from the company's representative in return. In addition, she agreed to be known as Annie Londonderry.  After biking first to Chicago, she then reversed direction and began traveling east.  Making her way by boat and bicycle, she arrived back in Chicago on September 12, 1895, just under 15 months from her original departure from Boston, and only ten months after her re-departure from Chicago.  only had she circumnavigated the globe by bicycle, an astounding athletic feat in itself, but she had done it alone, proving that a woman could make her own way in what was still very much a man's world.

See also: This Week in History; Jewesses on Wheels, Jewesses with Attitude; Riding the Wheel of Health: The American Jewess's Progressive Perspective on Women's Bicycling

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Massachusetts State House." (Viewed on April 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/onthemap/massachusetts-state-house>.