“I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.” — Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly’s courageous foray into journalism gave a voice to the poor, the weak, and the incarcerated, and her trailblazing acts inspired women around the world. — “Women Will Save the World”
Nellie Bly became the first female investigative reporter in 1887 and the first female war correspondent during World War I. In the true spirit of journalism, she gave a “voice to the voiceless” by going undercover to expose unsafe working conditions, child labor, and government corruption.
The above quote is in reference to her time posing as a “crazy” girl in order to get herself committed to Bellevue Hospital on Blackwell’s Island in New York. The horrible conditions she wrote about after her ten-day stay led to major reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill. In the fashion of a true trailblazer, she improved the world for those around her, and for those who came after.
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