NELLIE BLY #100travelHERS
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Birth: May 5, 1864; Cochrans Mills, Pennsylvania
Death: January 27, 1922; New York City
Occupation: Investigative journalist, travel writer
Notable journeys: In the mid 1880s, spent six months as a reporter in Mexico, which inspired her interest in international travel. In 1889, raced Elizabeth Bisland to set a record for circumnavigating the world in 1889 and beat Bisland to New York by four days (journey included stops in England, France, Italy, Egypt, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan).
Notable work: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days; Six Months in Mexico
Quote: “One wintry night I bade my few journalistic friends adieu, and, accompanied by my mother, started on my way to Mexico. Only a few months previous I had become a newspaper woman. I was too impatient to work along at the usual duties assigned women on newspapers, so I conceived the idea of going away as a correspondent.