TODAY IS THE 152ND BIRTHDAY of Nellie Bly, one of the most badass travelers of all time. Bly is best known for traveling around the world in a mere 72 days back in 1889, but she did so many other awesome things that make her life worth celebrating.
Nellie Bly was the pen name of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, a Pittsburgh native who got a job as a local journalist when she wrote a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch absolutely ripping apart an article titled “What Women Are Good For,” a misogynistic screed about how women should only stay in the kitchen. The editor was impressed with Bly, and offered her a job. But while her editors pressured her to cover fashion and gardening (the typical purview of female journalists in her day) Bly wanted to do investigative reporting on the lives of working women.