Inspired by Adventerous Women :: Nellie Bly
Known for her hard-hitting investigative reporting, Nelly Bly broke barriers by refusing to abide by the “boy’s club” mentality of the newspaper industry in the late 19th century. She made a name for herself with her daring expose on the conditions at an insane asylum in New York City, which required her to feign mental illness to gain access. The critically-acclaimed article that resulted was titled “Ten Days in a Mad-House.” acing skepticism from peers at the New York World, Bly later pitched a story about attempting to break the fictional record for traveling around the world, as detailed in the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days. Her editor agreed, and she succeeded, completing her trip in 72 days.