7 Things You Should Know About Nellie Bly


May 5, 2015

7 Things You Should Know About Nellie Bly

If you happened to miss Tuesday's Google Doodle celebrating Nellie Bly's birthday, we've got you covered. 

Known in history as a trailblazing female journalist, Bly paved the way for writers and journalists to report in a style all their own. Ahead of her time, Bly called out gender inequality issues that still resonate today. From going undercover to traveling around the globe, her résumé is pretty exciting, to say the least. 

Here are 7 things you should know about this literary pioneer: 

  1. She was born in Pittsburgh on May 5, 1864 (if she were still alive today, she’d be 151 years old!)
  2. While she wrote under a different name, she was born as Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman
  3. She was 20 years old when she wrote “The Girl Puzzle,” an angry response to a sexist article in the Pittsburgh Dispatch, which led to her first newspaper job
  4. The song “Nelly Bly” by Stephen Foster was the inspiration for her pseudonym, however, the spelling of “Nellie” came from a spelling error made by her editor
  5. In 1887, she took an undercover assignment for Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper, the New York World, posing as a patient at the Women’s Lunatic Aslylum on Blackwell’s Island to investigate reports of poor treatment
  6. Her asylum exposé was recognized in an episode of Drunk History with actress Laura Dern portraying her
  7. In an attempt to beat the characters’ record from “Around the World in 80 Days,” she literally traveled around the world and managed to beat them by a week

(Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)

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