But who is Nellie Bly? What was her claim to historic fame?
Nellie Bly was a go-getter, continuously curious and never took no for an answer. Ever. She was a pioneer journalist who spoke out for justice, she’s also remembered for embarking on a world record-breaking journey around the globe in 1889. And this year she would have been 150 years old.
Throughout her career she focused mainly on covering the beats of those who were struggling the most and in that era it was when and sweatshop workers. In essence, she gave a voice to the voiceless.
However, the one accomplishment you might have heard of was her trek across the globe, a trip that according to the Huffington Post was inspired by the fictional novel, “Around the World in 80 days.” And she did it all in 72 days—a new world record.