Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

Eighty Days follows an 1889 race around the globe by two groundbreaking female reporters, Nellie Bly with the World, who traveled East from New York by steamship, and Elizabeth Bisland with Cosmopolitan, who traveled West by train.  Both circled the globe trying to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero by accomplishing the feat in less than eighty days, and hopefully, more quickly than the other could.  This book provides a portrait of two strong women, as well as a look at the whole world of their time through their eyes as they witnessed it on their journey.

***We think everyone should read the Ask a Suffragist book series, but the first book in the series, America’s First Feminists, will not be available in bookstores until Spring 2019.  In the meantime, we’re sharing recommendations of our other favorite memoirs, biographies, history books and fiction by or about suffragists to get you in the mood for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. Happy reading! Celebrate with us! Sign up for the Centennial Celebration Email List to get social media shareables honoring women in history and to be the first to know when new Ask a Suffragist books are available.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World