Friday, March 9, 2018
Nellie Bly. Pioneering journalist
"I said I could and I would. And I did." These are the words of Elizabeth Cochrane, better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly. Born on this day in 1864, the pioneering journalist refused to accept the dull assignments that editors considered appropriate for women. Instead, as a reporter for the New York World, she investigated conditions at the infamous Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum and took a record-breaking 72 day trip around the world. Bly's passionate and fearless style earned her the respect of her peers and readers and opened new opportunities for women in journalism.