At the beginning of the semester I learned about an amazing women who was one of the pioneered women in journalism. Her name was Nellie Bly. She was one of the young and brave girls who changed women history. She began her career as journalist at 18 years old. One of her major achievements was when she fooled a group of psychiatrists and pretended to be insane. She stayed for 10 days at the insane asylum in Blackwell’s Island and she went on a trip around the world in 72 days to bit the record of the novel around the world in 80 days.
In the asylum Bly, revealed all the secrets and violence happened there. She witnessed that some of the patient were not sick at all. Women were left at the asylum just because their husbands wanted to get rid of them. Also, she witnessed some of the workers abusing the patients. After she got out from the asylum, she published what she saw at the asylum on the New York World newspaper. The published news created a scandal that changed the whole health system in United States. Later she wrote the book Ten Days in a Mad House.
Another amazing achievement was when she went on a trip around the world in 72 days in an attempt to beat the record of the novel “Around the World in 80 Days”. When Bly travelled on her journey, sponsored by the New York World newspaper. The Cosmopolitan newspaper sent a reporter of their own, Elizabeth Bisland to try and beat Nellie Bly. While in the journey she visited England, France, the Suez Canal in Egypt, Yemen, Ceylon, Singapore where she bought a monkey, and finally back to home in San Francisco. Nellie Bly made the trip in 72 days, Bisland finished four days later.
Nellie Bly is such a mazing woman who was very effective in her society. She changed the public opinion about women. I was admired by her biography and her trip around the world. I wish they could make a movie out of her trip. I think it would be amazing.
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