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ReganВ SnufferВ

Dr . В EssonВ

USВ HistoryВ

1/26/15В

NellieВ Bly, В theВ groundВ­breakingВ AmericanВ journalistВ В В

" I said I could and I would.  And I did. ” In one line Nellie Bly captures her entire mentality and lifestyle.   Nellie Bly is the pen name of the famous,  American,  female journalist,  Elizabeth Jane Cochrane. ​

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Bly was born in May of 1864 and died January of 1922.  She is most widely known for her record breaking trip around the world and her ​ gutsy​

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role of a mad women in hopes of being taken to an insane asylum and documenting what goes on behind the walls of the asylum and how the patients lived and were treated.  Nellie was clearly a bold writer who did things her way and hardly allowed for any hinderance in her journey.  Not only did she influence journalism,  but she also made an impact on women's rights and flaws in the political system1.  Her beginning articles were about female factory workers and the objectifying of women. ​

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Bly was discovered,  in fact,  by an anonymous letter she wrote denouncing an article titled,  " What Women are Good for. ” Bly wrote the editor​  ​

of the ​

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claiming the article was sexist and degrading.  The editor was so impressed by her passion and issued advertisements asking her to reveal herself.  She did so and was immediately hired by the newspaper. ​

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She also went to Mexico for six months when she was 21 and wrote about the lives and customs of the Mexican people.  She titled her book ​ Six Months in Mexico.  ​

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thisВ bookВ sheВ shinedВ aВ lightВ onВ theВ inequitableВ governmentВ andВ theВ corruptionВ sheВ sawВ duringВ herВ trip. В SheВ wasВ threatenedВ byВ readersВ ofВ theВ bookВ andВ facedВ arrestВ ifВ sheВ didВ notВ leaveВ Mexico. В SheВ

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promptlyВ left. В HerВ intentionsВ inВ becomingВ aВ writerВ wereВ toВ beВ anВ influenceВ inВ theВ world. В SheВ wantedВ peopleВ toВ readВ andВ beВ moved. В AndВ sheВ didВ soВ atВ aВ youngВ ageВ andВ changedВ journalism, В sexism, В andВ overallВ theВ wellbeingВ ofВ others. В

BlyВ grewВ upВ inВ PennsylvaniaВ withВ herВ parentsВ andВ fourВ siblings. В HerВ father, В MichaelВ CochranВ foundedВ theВ townВ inВ whichВ Bly'sВ familyВ lived. В WhenВ BlyВ wasВ sixВ herВ fatherВ diedВ leavingВ herВ familyВ financiallyВ unstableВ andВ noВ legalВ claimВ toВ theirВ property. В ThreeВ monthsВ laterВ Bly'sВ mother, В MaryВ­JaneВ remarriedВ anВ abusiveВ andВ alcoholicВ manВ forcingВ BlyВ toВ testifyВ forВ herВ motherВ andВ confirmВ aВ divorce. В AtВ thisВ timeВ theВ MarriedВ Women'sВ PropertyВ ActВ hadВ beenВ passedВ andВ itВ allowedВ womenВ toВ inheritВ propertyВ andВ toВ beВ theВ legalВ ownerВ ofВ theВ moneyВ theyВ owned. 2В ThisВ wasВ beneficialВ forВ herВ motherВ andВ allowedВ herВ aВ stableВ lifeВ untilВ BlyВ wentВ toВ college. В В InВ hopesВ ofВ supportingВ herВ motherВ further, В BlyВ wentВ toВ aВ smallВ collegeВ inВ IndianaВ toВ becomeВ aВ teacher. В WhenВ herВ financialВ situationВ worsenedВ sheВ droppedВ outВ andВ movedВ toВ PittsburghВ withВ herВ motherВ andВ siblings. В Bly'sВ experienceВ withВ herВ motherВ andВ theВ strugglesВ theyВ wentВ throughВ asВ aВ familyВ builtВ herВ feministВ morals. В SheВ becameВ awareВ ofВ theВ oppressionВ thatВ womenВ feltВ inВ theВ wallsВ ofВ herВ ownВ home. В SheВ foughtВ aloneВ forВ herВ mother'sВ safetyВ andВ demandedВ thatВ herВ motherВ wasВ safeВ andВ respected. В

AtВ 18В BlyВ sentВ herВ letterВ protestingВ theВ sexistВ articleВ andВ herВ writingВ careerВ tookВ off. В HerВ firstВ seriesВ ofВ articlesВ focusedВ onВ womenВ andВ theirВ placeВ inВ societyВ asВ wellВ asВ povertyВ andВ revealingВ theВ discriminationВ inВ Pittsburgh. В LocalВ leadersВ pressuredВ Bly'sВ editor, В GeorgeВ MaddenВ toВ stopВ BlyВ fromВ publishingВ theseВ boldВ articlesВ andВ putВ herВ inВ aВ topicВ moreВ suitableВ forВ women. В MaddenВ placedВ BlyВ inВ theВ topicВ ofВ " FashionВ andВ Society”. В BeingВ asВ determinedВ asВ sheВ wasВ sheВ

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still found a way to impress the public mind with matters concerning equal gender roles.  She wrote an article titled,  " ​

Should Women Propose​

? ” as well as "  ​

Women in the Pulpit​

” in ​

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York World​...



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