Nellie Bly

Photo courtesy of Newseum

Happy 151st Birthday to Nellie Bly, who paved the way for female journalists. I first learned about Nellie during my visit to the Newseum. Her career launched when she got her job at the Pittsburgh Dispatch by writing an angry response to a misogynistic column. From there, she went to extreme lengths to find the best news to report. She became known for her investigative reporting on harsh conditions at a women’s asylum. Her adventurous and fiery spirit also led her on a solo journey around the world in just about 72 days. I admire her for giving the ones who’ve been told to shut up, as sung by Karen O in the cute Google Doodle video.

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