Wonder Women #GGxPE: Alice Walker

In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!


Alice Walker and Her 10 Fun Facts

Alice Walker (1944- ) is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Color Purple” and a self-proclaimed ‘womanist’, a term coined by Walker to help broaden the women’s movement to include women of color and appreciate their traditional, cultural and creative roles.

1. Walker was one of 8 children born to sharecropper parents in Georgia.

2. Walker is permanently blind in her right eye after being shot by one of her brother’s BB guns as a child and not receiving immediate medical treatment.

3. Walker graduated valedictorian in her high school and went on to attend first Spelman College, then Sarah Lawrence College, both with full scholarships.

4. Walker’s first collection of poetry, Once, which is filled with suicidal thoughts, emerged from the emotional trauma she suffered due to the abortion she went through her senior year of college.

5. Walker was the editor of Ms. Magazine and by publishing an article “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” in 1975, revived interest in Hurston’s writings.

6. Walker published several novels, in addition to articles, poems, short stories and essays.

7. Walker was also an activist who participated in the 1963 March on Washington as well as going to jail due to crossing the police line during an anti-war rally at the White House in 2003.

8. Walker’s The Color Purple was just made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg

9. in 1994, Walker legally added “Tallulah Kate” to her name in 1994 in honor of her mother and paternal grandmother.

10. Walker’s spirituality has been characterized as ‘unoppressive womanist perspective’, and she is inspired spiritually by those such as Zora Neale Hurston.

Wonder Women #GGxPE: Lucille Clifton

In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!

Lucille Clifton and Her 10 Fun Facts

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) was an author, educator and Poet Laureate of Maryland. Clifton’s poem “Homage To My Hips” celebrated the African-American female body as a source of power, sexuality, pride, and freedom.

1. Girls in Clinton’s family were born with an extra finger on each hand— a genetic trait known as polydactyly. Clinton’s two extra fingers were amputated when she was young but her two “ghost fingers” remained a theme in her writing.

2. Clinton’s mother was also a poet, though worked as a launderer.

3. Clinton’s parents passed an appreciation of books and reading to their children, even though neither was formally educated.

4. Clinton first entered Howard University early, at only 16 years old, as a drama major. She then transferred to Fredonia State Teachers College three years later, where she began to develop her acting a poetry.

5. Clinton’s first poetry book Good Times (1969) won The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of the Year.

6. Clifton was the author of more than sixteen children’s book intended specifically for African-American children.

7. Clifton was the first author to have two books of poetry nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

8. Clinton touches on many intense subjects in her poems including oppression, death, molestation and racism, as well as pride in her ancestry and the black female body.

9. Clinton was influenced spiritually by many religions and religious figures, including Jesus, the black God Kali and many other African goddesses and Native American beliefs.

10. Clinton was a mother of 6 and often was inspired by her family and children in her work.

Wonder Women #GGxPE: Maya Angelou

In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an author, actress, dancer, poet, civil rights activist— and Oprah’s friend. Angelou made literary history when her memoir “I know why the caged bird sings” became the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

1. Angelou was originally born Marguerite, which became Maya when her older brother started calling her ‘My’ or ‘Mya sister’.

2. At the age of 16, Angelou became the first black, female cable car conductor in San Fransisco. This lead to a lifetime award she received much later in 2014 from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials at a session titled “Women Who Move the Nation”.

3. Angelou toured around Europe with a troop performing the opera Porgy and Bess and in each of the countries she visited, she made an effort to learn its language, soon becoming proficient in several languages.

4. Angelou met and became good friends with Malcolm X during the years she spent in Ghana, where she was active in the African-American expatriate community.

5. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on Angelou’s 40th birthday, and while she was devastated, it was also in this year that Angelou’s creative genius really began to emerge.

6. Angelou’s Georgia, Georgia (1972) was the first screenplay written by a black woman.

7. Angelou participated in a lecture circuit starting in the 1990s and continuing almost until her death in 2014 in her own customized tour bus.

8. Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first person, since Robert Frost in 1961 to read a poem recitation at a presidential inauguration.

9. Angelou self-proclaimed her image as “the people’s poet”.

10. When Angelou died, she was in the process of writing another autobiography: what would have been her eighth.

Wonder Women #GGxPE: Zora Neale Hurston

In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!


Zora Neale Hurston and Her 10 Fun Facts

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), best known for her acclaimed novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, was an author, an anthropologist and a fixture in the thriving art scene during the Harlem Renaissance.

1. Hurston was raised in Eatonville, Florida, one of the first all-black towns in the US.

2. In a career that spanned 30+ years, Hurston authored and published seven books—including an autobiography, several short stories, plays and essays.

3. In 1917, Hurston pretended she was ten years younger than she actually was so she could enter public high school, and never added those years back— always saying she was ten years younger than her actual age for the rest of her life.

4. Hurston went to Howard college for her undergraduate education, making a mark on the university by, for example, co-founding the university’s newspaper.

5. She won a scholarship to finish her undergraduate education at Barnard College of Columbia University, making her the sole black student to attend at that time.

6. Hurston was married three times, two of them lasting less than a year.

7. Hurston made several trips around the Caribbean and the American South, conducting Anthropological studies, which she would then use later to inspire and inform her writing.

8. Hurston never made much money from her work and, following her death, remained in an unmarked grave from lack of funds for a headstone until 1973 when Alice Walker found her grave and gave her a simple headstone herself.

9. In 1927, Hurston was captivated by a the story of Kossola, the last surviver of the last trans-Atlantic slave trip. At the time, she couldn’t find someone to publish her nonfiction account of his story, but this past year, the book has finally been released: Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”.

10. To all that met her, Hurston was a vibrant, bright personality, who would captivate most anyone she met.

Wonder Women #GGxPE: Harriet Tubman

In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!


Harriet Tubman and Her 10 Fun Facts

Our next Wonder Woman is Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), an activist and a true freedom fighter. ‘Conductor’ for the Underground Railroad, Civil War spy and the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war. Harriet was a badass.

1. Tubman was born Araminta “Minty” Ross, changing her name after her marriage to John Tubman.

2. Tubman was one of nine children and spent her entire life fighting to keep her family together.

3. Tubman was sometimes referred to as Moses by those she guided in the Underground Railroad and, as a result, the song ‘Go Down Moses’ became a symbol of freedom and the fight against slavery throughout the Civil War.

4. Suffering multiple serious head wounds during her youth, Tubman was struck by visions, seizures and fainting episodes for the rest of her life, which she described as visions from God.

5. Tubman rescued around 70 slaves in thirteen separate expeditions.

6. Tubman’s second husband was 22 years younger than her and they married in 1869, adopting their child, Gertie, in 1874.

7. Despite Tubman’s outstanding service toward her country and others, she remained in poverty for most of her life, due to irregular and unfair pension following the Civil War.

8. Tubman treated Civil War soldiers as a nurse using her knowledge of herbal medicines.

9. Towards the end of her life, Tubman spent her remaining days in the home for the elderly that she had herself created several years earlier.

10. The US government is in the process of considering moving Andrew Jackson’s face from the front of the twenty dollar bill to the rear in 2020 and instead replacing it with Tubman’s face to honor her efforts posthumously. This process is being fought against by some, who claim that this is not an important enough issue to be debated at the moment.

Wonder Women #GGxPE: Sojourner Truth

In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!


Sojourner Truth and Her 10 Fun Facts

First up is the inspiring Sojourner Truth (1797-1883). Born into slavery, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter in 1826 then became an abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Considered a radical, she sought political equality for all women.

We have already done a Woman of the Week post on this blog about this amazing lady, so for a more detailed account of her life, check the post out.

1. Truth was originally born Isabella Baumfree but changed her name in 1843 when she also became a devout Methodist.

2. Truth was one of the first black women to win against a white man in a court of law.

3. The original documentation of Truth’s most famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman”, contained no mention of these words, but instead a recording by Frances Gage twelve years after her speech was the first to quote the actual words, “Ain’t I a woman?”, which it did four times. In fact, the whole recording by Gage contained speech patterns characteristic of Southern slaves, when Truth was actually enslaved in New York and likely did not speak as such. There were many more inconsistencies in Gage’s report as well. Regardless, Gage’s version of Truth’s speech is the most famous version.

4. Truth was a mother of 5 children.

5. Truth met Abraham Lincoln in 1864, just a year before his assassination.

6. Truth’s first language was Dutch.

7. Truth’s son, Peter, for whose freedom she had fought for and won in court, disappeared several years later after taking a job on a whaling ship.

8. Truth helped recruit soldiers for the Union Army during the Civil War.

9. Truth could not write but managed to publish her memoir, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, all the same by dictating to her friend Olive Gilbert.

10. Truth was not only an advocate for women and fought against slavery, but she was one of the first to do this in one fell swoop: equality and freedom for all slaves, including women.

Woman of the Week: Sojourner Truth

This week Paper Epiphanies is highlighting an outstanding mother as our Woman of the Week in honor of our recent release of “The 4th Trimester” line. Sojourner Truth, originally Isabella Baumfree, was born a slave in New York in 1797. She spent the first thirty years of her life being bought and sold buy one New York plantation owner after another, experiencing a range of treatment including daily beatings until 1826 when she finally escaped from her last owner, John Dumont. During her enslavement, Sojourner had five children--only four of which survived childbirth. When she finally escaped, New York was on the cusp of emancipating its slaves, a process which had started in 1799, and Sojourner was only able to bring her youngest, infant daughter with her because the others were required to remain slaves until in their twenties. Sojourner and her daughter were taken in by a couple, who paid Dumont for her services but kept her and her child in their house until the official New York emancipation.

Then, in 1828, Dumont sold one of Sojourner’s sons, Peter, illegally to another owner. Sojourner took Dumont to court and was able to take her son back after months of proceedings, making history as one of the first black women to win in court against a white man (you go mamma!).  At this time as well, Sojourner began her religious journey, becoming a devout Christian and befriending others involved in the religious community. Around this time, Sojourner was accused of the murder of one of her employers and, after being acquitted she was forced to serve time for murder.

In 1849, Sojourner reentered society and became a Methodist, changing her name and saying, “The Spirit calls me and I must go.” She then began to start touring around, preaching the spread of abolition and of women’s rights. During her promotion efforts she not only met and interacted with several other activists, such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, but she also gave several important speeches on women and black rights. Perhaps the most famous of these speeches was one gave at the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention where she demanded equal rights for women and blacks, a daring and powerful speech, not only because of its radical message, but also because Sojourner was both of those oppressed minorities herself. During the civil war Sojourner also worked to recruit black soldiers for the Union and after the war tried (without success) to get land grants from the government for previous slaves.

Sojourner is remembered for being an amazing activist, fighting to bring about rights for blacks and women when everything was working against her. As both a mother and an activist, Sojourner stands out as being an amazing candidate for Paper Epiphanies’ Woman of the Week.

Woman of the Week: Madam C J Walker

This week we have the pleasure of celebrating the success and advancements of Madam C J Walker as our Woman of the Week. Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 on a plantation in Louisiana, she was the first of her family to be born into freedom just a few years after the Emancipation Proclamation. At 7 years old Sarah was orphaned and at 10 years old she moved to Mississippi to begin working as a domestic. At 14 years old, Sarah had her first of three marriages, the first of which gave her a daughter, Lelia, and the last of which gave her name, Madam C J Walker (Charles Joseph Walker).

As you can imagine, Sarah’s life was far from easy, but she was determined to make a life for herself and her daughter. In 1888, after moving to Missouri to live with three of her brothers, Sarah began working as  a laundress, making a very small wage (less than a dollar a day), but was engaged in her community, singing and being involved at her church. Sarah suffered, as many black women did at the time, hair loss and dandruff due to a variety of skin disorders originating from lack of access to good cleaning and diet. At first Sarah learned haircare from her brothers, who were barbers, but then she began selling hair-care products for the Poro Company, owned by the African-American Annie Turnbo Malone. From there, Sarah was able to start her own business for hair-care: initially selling door to door, then branching out to a beauty parlor in Pittsburgh, and, after closing that, opening an office and beauty salon in Harlem in 1913.

Earlier, in 1910,  Sarah set up her headquarters of the Madam C J Walker Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis, which later grew to be a factory, hair salon, beauty school to train her sales agents and a laboratory to develop new product. Sarah trained her sales agents in the “Walker System” of haircare and at the peak of its success, Sarah’s company employed several thousand women and had trained almost 20,000. The company grew to be well know around the states and in several caribbean and central american countries. Sarah added to her community by encouraging other black women to build their businesses and become financially independent as well as creating the National Beauty Culturists and Benevolent Association of Madam C J Walker Agents, a conference believed to have been one of the first national women entrepreneur gatherings. Sarah also was a philanthropist and donated to establish a branch of the YMCA in Indianapolis’s black community, to establish scholarship funds and to various other organizations. Sarah was involved politically as well and was part of various organizations fighting for African American rights as well as delivering several lectures towards the advancement of black rights.

Dying in 1919, Walker was considered the wealthiest African American woman in the US and is viewed today as one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time as well as one of the most successful African American business owners ever. As female entrepreneurs ourselves, we can say Madam C J Walker is GOALS and well deserving of our Woman of the Week.

Woman of the Week: Rita Levi-Montalcini

This week Paper Epiphanies is honoring the fabulous Rita Levi-Montalcini, a truly badass female who let neither the threat of danger, nor the restrictions of her sex stop her from doing what she wanted. Born in 1909 in Italy to a Jewish family, Rita decided to enter medicine after seeing a close family friend die of stomach cancer. She attended the University of Turin Medical School, much to the initial chagrin of her father, who was afraid a higher education would take away from Rita’s future ability to be a wife and mother (which we say good riddance to if it means giving up her aspirations). Rita remained at the university, studying the nervous system, past graduation but was eventually stopped due to Mussolini’s barring of Jews holding academic or professional careers in 1938. Not being able to work at the university anymore, Rita resourcefully set up a lab in her bedroom where she studied the nervous system in chick embryos (Oh, the classic perform-world-changing-scientific-research-in-your-bedroom phase; we all have one of those…). In 1943, when Germany invaded Italy, Rita and her family fled South to Florence and, with the help of some non-Jewish friends, disguised themselves and went into hiding. In the small living space she shared with her family, Rita set up another lab in the corner, not letting her forced situation hold her back.

Following the Holocaust, Rita was able to duplicate the experiments she had performed at her home laboratories, resulting in her receiving a research associate position at Washington University in St. Louis, which she held for the next 30 years. In this position, Rita performed research in which she discovered the existence of growth factors, or the causes of cell growth, most particularly nerve cell growth. For this research she and her fellow researcher Stanley Cohen won the nobel prize in 1986. Rita also headed several important organizations including the Research Center of Neurobiology in Rome, the European Brain Research Institute (an organization which she founded) and the Institute of Cell Biology of the Italian National Council of Research in Rome. As if Rita wasn’t already decorated enough, she even had a political career, where she became a Senator for Life (2001) in Italy and received many prestigious awards across her lengthy 103 years on this earth (the oldest Nobel Prize winner yet). Her ingenious research, a lot of it performed in high-danger (and rather sketchy if you ask us) conditions, make Rita a hugely influential figure on history and biology. Intelligent and brave, Rita is beyond worthy of being recognized as this week’s Woman of the Week.

Woman of the Week: Tarana Burke

This week Paper Epiphanies is celebrating the incredibly inspiring Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement and fellow panel-member at the Rose City Women’s Summit May 11th (come stop by!). Born in the Bronx, Tarana started her activism young: at age 14 she joined the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, an organization aimed at supporting and promoting young, community leaders. This trend of activism continued into university, at which Tarana earned the title of  ‘campus organizer’ after protesting the campus’s antiquated celebration of the Confederacy.

Following graduation, Tarana continued working at the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement in Selma, Alabama, all the while noticing that women needed different treatment from men. This observation lead to Tarana’s first solo organization “Just Be,” which targeted young black women, aged 12-18, aiming to help them enter adulthood with a good sense of self-worth and a hefty self-esteem. Throughout her experiences in “Just Be,” Tarana noticed the extreme amount of sexual violence stories that women approached her with. Well-acquainted with sexual abuse herself, Tarana felt she didn’t have the right words to say to them that she, too, had experienced sexual violence and they were not alone. From this idea arose the “Me Too” movement: started in 2006 and designed to draw attention to the overwhelming amount of sexual assaults and violence experienced by women.

In 2017 the movement took off in earnest and once it sparked, “Me too” became a roaring forest fire, catching from phone to phone, twitter account to twitter account. The hashtag, #metoo, went viral and soon many women in Hollywood and beyond took up the trend. Time named Tarana, among other female activists known as the “silence breakers,” as the Time Person of the Year. In addition, at the 2018 Golden Globes, Tarana and many other female activists were in attendance, accompanying several celebrities, all wearing black to highlight solidarity for women. Tarana is one of our favorite people and the definition of what it means to make a change and a difference. Today she continues her incredible work and we are honored and delighted to be on the Rose City Summit panel with her May 11th!

Check out the event: https://rosesummit.org/

Woman of the Week: Katsuko Saruhashi


Paper Epiphanies’ Woman of the Week this week is one badass woman who showed the world who’s boss. She not only contributed valuable scientific research to the world, but also made huge strides for women in her native country of Japan. Born in 1920 in Tokyo, Katsuko Saruhashi graduated from the Imperial Women’s College of Science in 1943. She then began working in the Geochemical Laboratory of the Meteorological Research Institute, eventually becoming its executive director in 1979.

In 1950, Saruhashi started studying carbon dioxide levels in seawater; a topic viewed as unimportant at the time, but which lead to the significant discovery of the mass spread of radiation. In 1954 the US conducted several nuclear tests  in the Pacific Ocean in what is called Operation Castle and which led to the mysterious illness of several Japanese fishermen who were downwind from the tests. CO₂ research was so undervalued Saruhashi had to create her own methods of measuring the gas (still the standard way to conduct this research today), but her results unveiled radioactivity as a serious pollutant due to infect the entire Pacific Ocean by 1969 if nuclear tests continued. Saruhashi’s research had a serious impact on nuclear testing regulations in the US and the world.

As if her resume wasn’t bulky enough, Saruhashi was also the first woman to earn her doctorate in Chemistry, the first woman elected to the Science Council of Japan and the first woman to win the Miyake Prize for Geochemistry. In addition to saving our oceans and pioneering the field of chemistry for women, Saruhashi contributed a huge amount to empowering women in Japan and around the world. She created the Society of Japanese Women Scientists and the Saruhashi Prize, which is awarded once a year to a female scientist who is a role model for other female scientists.

Geochemist; Genius; GIRL: Saruhashi died at 87 years old in 2007 from pneumonia but continues to impact the world and women with her incredible research and powerful achievements.

Woman of the Week: Rosalind Franklin

This week’s Woman of the Week is beyond overdue for some attention. Rosalind Franklin was a physical chemist and X-ray crystallographer during the 1940s and 50s, whose revolutionary work on DNA and RNA, among other subjects, impacts how advanced we are in these fields today.

Born to a well-off English family in 1920, Rosalind was educated in a private girls school, followed by studying the natural sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1941, Rosalind graduated and earned a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge in a physical chemistry lab. By 1942, Rosalind had left her research fellowship disappointed and found a new research position studying coal. Through this research she was able to get her PhD in 1945 and, as if she wasn’t badass enough, move to Paris to begin post-doctoral research at an X-ray crystallography lab.

In 1950, using the skills she had learned in Paris, Rosalind was granted a three-year fellowship to go to King’s College in London to study proteins and lipids, but quickly was transferred to study DNA as a result of recent strides in the field. Working with her PhD student Raymond Gosling and fellow researcher Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind contributed much to the study of DNA, eventually resulting in what is viewed as the most important picture in DNA history: Photo 51.


Photo 51 was taken by Rosalind, who used her past experience to create the clearest photo of DNA at the time and led to the determination that DNA was a double helix. She went on to make several more pioneering advances to fields such as RNA plant viruses and expressed interest in studying animal viruses. Unfortunately she was unable to follow up on this due to failing her failing health and in 1958 at age 37 Rosalind died of ovarian cancer.

And here’s where we get to the juicy part: despite Rosalind’s many achievements and contributions in all her research she received little recognition during and right after her life. Three other researchers of DNA structure, including Wilkins, received the Nobel Prize from their conclusions many of which were built off of Rosalind’s work, such as Photo 51. Rosalind was not even recognized in the accepting speeches of the three researchers and, further, it is not clear that she even gave them permission to view her research from which they were able to draw their Nobel Prize- winning conclusions. One of the researchers, James Watson, even slandered her in his book about discovering the DNA double helix. Today Rosalind is recognized much more for her achievements than she was during her lifetime, but her name still comes after those three researchers who refused to share their spotlight.

We hope to give Rosalind some of the recognition she deserves by nominating her as our Woman of the Week. Rosalind’s sister stresses she wasn’t a feminist; and perhaps she wasn’t in the active sense, but Rosalind sure held her own for a woman facing the chauvinistic barriers presented by mid-twentieth century, male-dominated academia.

Woman of the Week: Nellie Bly

We chose Nellie Bly as our Woman of the Week for her incredible achievements, most notably in writing. Badass with a pen? Sounds familiar ;)

Born Elizabeth Cochran in 1864 Pennsylvania, Nellie is best known for being a pioneer in investigative journalism, but she was also an inventor and record breaker. At 19, after writing a fiercely passionate response to the bullshit, pardon me, chauvinistic column titled "What Girls Are Good For" in the Pittsburgh Dispatch, Nellie was recruited to begin writing for the Dispatch. From there her journalism career launched.

Initially assigned to writing about 'womanly interests' (gardening, society, fashion, etc.), Nellie was not satisfied and chose instead to become a foreign correspondent in Mexico and write for 6 months about Mexican culture. After returning to the states, Nellie was again asked to write fluff pieces, but was having none of it. She instead snagged an undercover job for the New York World, where she faked insanity and was admitted to an asylum, where she stayed for 10 days. Nellie's report on the conditions inside the asylum were horrifying and led to many reforms.

Her next move was to take a page out of Jules Verne's book Around the World in Eighty Days--and we mean this most literallyExcept it only took Nellie 72 days. Which was the world record at the time. And she traveled alone. Looks like girls are good for quite a bit!

Later in Life, Nellie reported on women's suffrage movements in Europe during WWI and dabbled in inventing by patenting a new milk can and garbage can. In 1922, at age 57, Nellie died of pneumonia, but left her mark on the world in more ways than one.

Nellie Bly, you're so fly, you're so fly you blow our minds...