She’s already had her front page scoops, her round-the-world record, best sellers and, in 2002, her own U.S. postage stamp.
This week Google marked Nellie Bly’s 151st birthday with a home-page tribute, introducing the Golden Age investigative reporter as a role model for little girls world over.
The print-styled cartoon is set to singer Karen O’s lyrical praise for Bly’s service as a role model.
“Someone’s gotta stand up and tell ’em what a girl is good for… “
Bly escaped the confines of polite reporting for women’s pages when she persuaded Joseph Pulitzer to let her pose as mad, gaining placement in an 1880s insane asylum. Her harrowing expose, “10 Days in a Mad House,” yielded a series for the New York World and a bestselling book of that name. She followed that stunt with many others, notably eclipsing Phileas Fogg, author Jules Vern’s fictional world traveler, as she rounded the globe by train and boat in 72 days.
“O’ Nellie take us all around the world and break those rules ’cause you’re our girl… “
“We gotta speak up for the ones who’ve been told to shut up”TEXT HERE
Google’s attention, showcasing Bly’s accomplishments on its main search page, appeared to spur others to renew attention on a remarkable woman’s life and times. TIME.com featured a news brief focusing on the #GoogleDoodle.
Amid the Mother Jones, a feisty non-profit owned magazine with its own reputation for muckraking, takes the prize for best headline.