Marjorie Shuler was a suffrage lobbyist who authored the book, The Woman
Voter's Manual (1918). After women won the right to vote in 1920, in her role as
chair of publicity of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, she authored
several articles and books. They included, Getting Your Money's Worth from Washington
(1921), Let Us Put Fear Aside (1930) and Have It Your Way (1932).
Consistent with her women's rights agenda, Marjorie began her excursion
round-the-world in May, 1938. When the Graf Zeppelin was not available for her
Atlantic crossing because of the non-availability of helium, she departed New York
City on the steamer, Nieuw Amsterdam. After her arrival in Plymouth, England, she
went by train to Southampton, England (London) to begin her heavier-than-air plane
journey round-the-world. She boarded the Imperial Airways, "Cordelia" that refueled
at Marignane, France (Marseilles) on its way to Athens, Greece. In her book, "A
Passenger to Adventure," she detailed her round-the-world excursion. When she returned
to New York City, Marjorie had made it round-the-world but she wanted to leave her mark
on history by continuing on several months later to Marignane, France (Marseilles) so
she would be remembered as being the first woman to fly completely round-the-world
as a passenger on heavier-than-air commercial airlines. She wanted, "the whole world, by air."
Marjorie said, "I am going round-the-world as a symbol of the (women) passengers
who will follow me." Earlier she said, "Fear is the enemy of aeronautics but intelligence
can find its way out of any difficulty." And after her round-the-world accomplishment,
she said, "Speed is for pilots not for me, I want to understand people and nations."
Departed New York City 05/18/38
On the Nieuw Amsterdam Steamer Ship as the Graf Zeppelin
was not available due to helium non-availability.
Began her round-the-world flying excursion on Imperial Airways
flying boat, "Cordelia."
Arrived Marignane, France (Marseille) 06/13/38
Lake Bracciano, Italy (Rome)
Phaler on Bay, Greece (Athens)
Alexandria, Egypt (Cairo)
Side Round Trip to Nairobi, Kenya via Lake Victoria & Khartoum, Ethiopia.
Tiberius, Iraq (Basra)
Side Round Trip to Sydney, Australia via Singapore & Djakarta, Indonesia
Hong Kong 08/02/38
Continued her RTW excursion on Pan American Airways (China Clipper)
San Francisco, CA
Continued her transcontinental journey on United Airlines
Salt Lake City, UT
Arrived New York City 08/16/38
Departed New York City 06/17/39
Continued RTW on Pan American Airways (Atlantic Clipper)
Arrived Marignane, France (Marseille) 06/19/39