Rosemary in her own words, talking about Nellie Bly and her record breaking race around the world:
“Crusading journalist Nellie Bly jumped off the page at me. She appeared as I was researching Victorian women adventurers… and she wouldn’t go away. The more I got to know her, the more I was intrigued by this spirited woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer despite living in a world where women ‘knew their place.’
Nellie knew her place alright, smack dab on the front page of the world’s newspapers.
She pioneered investigative journalism and paved the way for female reporters like me. Nellie’s crusades in print brought about huge reforms in women’s asylums, sweatshops and prisons.
2015 marked the 125th anniversary of her best known adventure — circling the globe in a record-breaking 72 days. In celebration of the remarkable Nellie Bly and her amazing journey, I followed in her footsteps around the world.
Now there is a book chronicling our two journeys: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World.
My aim is to put Nellie 'back on the map' as an inspiration for adventure, and a reminder that (as Nellie said) "'nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction.”
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Who Rosemary is and what she does
Being in journalism since graduating from university
Wanting to help to change the world
Trying to make a difference
Drawing attention to female explorers
Why we need to hear these stories
Wanting to get contemporary female explorers on the map
What we can learn from these women
“Follow your dreams and move out of your comfort zone”
Why it’s ok to take calculated risks
Discovering women in adventure
Wanting to follow in inspiring women’s footsteps
Doing her research and discovering Nellie Bly
Sharing inspiring stories
Getting these women on the map
Who is Nellie Bly!
Starting with her childhood and why she was such a determined woman
Getting into journalism and becoming a writer
Deciding to go to NYC to make her name
Getting her first assignment to go undercover
The beginning of investigative journalism
Wanting to go around the world
Setting off with 2 days notice
Wanting to help the most vulnerable members of society
Planning to travel around the world recreating her journey
The challenges and difficulties of re-creating the itinerary
Knowing when to stop planning and to start going
Around The World In Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly
Feeling close to Nellie at certain places on the trip
Sometimes you have to get off the path!
The risks and concerns before the trip
Why the best thing you can do, is to just get started
What would Nellie Bly do?
Dealing with a typhoon (level 8) in Hong Kong
Walking straight out into the typhoon!
Synchronicity while on the train
Self funding the adventure
The dramatic ending of the trip
Racing against - Elizabeth Bisland
Finding Nellie Bly’s grave in Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, NYC
Visiting her hometown and birthplace in Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania
Needing to have a happy/meaningful ending to the story
Sitting down to write the story and having to be very disciplined
Putting together a conference at the RGS on historical women
Why you need to put your all into everything that you do
Advice for women who want to go on more adventures
“nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction” - Nellie Bly
Why you need to take that first step
Leap and the net will arrive!
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