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Nellie Bly – Journatlist And Advocate For Mental Health

Nellie Bly was a journalist and is known for traveling the world in 72 days. Here are some fun facts about her:

– Her real name was Elizabeth Jane Cochran.

– Her nickname growing up was “Pinky”, since she wore pink dresses often.

– When she was 16, while reading a Pittsburgh news article that described women as weak and valueless. It made her angry, so she wrote a letter to the editor to tell him how she felt. The editor was impressed by her writing and passion that he offered her a job!

– In 1887, she moved to New York and she worked for the New York World.

– At this job, she had to go undercover at a women’s psychiatric hospital to describe the state of the environment. To get into the asylum, she had to pretend to be mentally insane. She acted paranoid, so she was examined by doctors and she was sent to the asylum.

– When she was released from the asylum, she wrote about her experiences there. The nurses abused the patients, they were fed rotten food and bad water, they were put in ice-water baths. Rats were a common sight and it was not clean. The patients were made to sit on benches without anything to do, they weren’t even allowed to talk.

– She wrote more articles about the harsh treatment of women in the later 1800’s.

– In 1888, she had another idea for article: she was to beat the time of the fictional character Phileas Fogg from Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. She did beat his time and traveled the world in 72 days!

– She married Robert Seaman in 1895, and when he passed, she took over his business Iron Clad Manufacturing.

– Later in life, she began reporting again. She was the first woman to report on the Eastern side of World War I.

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