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Trudy Jacobson Presents Great American Women of History: Nellie Bly


Nellie exposed the rampant abuses within mental asylums as an undercover journalist that sparked change for decades to come. But that is just part of her story.

Nellie Bly, a journalist and adventurer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stands as a source of inspiration for women today. She shattered societal norms and carved a path for herself that has left a lasting mark in journalism, feminism, and human rights. Her achievements, in her groundbreaking investigative reporting and advocacy for social change, continue to resonate and empower women in America and worldwide.

One of Bly’s most incredible achievements was her groundbreaking exposé on the conditions of mental asylums in the United States. In 1887, she feigned insanity to gain entry to the notorious Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum. Her undercover reporting, later compiled in the book “Ten Days in a Mad-House,” exposed the deplorable conditions, abuse, and neglect suffered by the patients.

“Journalism is a very challenging profession. But Nellie took it to an entirely different level that set a new standard of courage for future journalists everywhere,” Trudy said.

Her fearless approach to journalism not only led to widespread reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill but also set a precedent for investigative reporting that aimed to expose societal injustices.


Beyond her groundbreaking journalism, Bly’s audacity and determination to break gender barriers are particularly inspiring for women today. At a time when women were largely confined to traditional roles, she pursued a career in journalism, a male-dominated field.

She gained recognition and earned her peers’ respect through her tenacity, intellect, and commitment to truth. Her accomplishments serve as a testament to the idea that women can succeed in any field they choose, regardless of societal expectations or limitations.

Moreover, Bly’s record-breaking trip around the world in 1889, inspired by Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” showcased her adventurous

spirit and determination. In doing so, she shattered stereotypes about women’s capabilities and endurance, proving they could undertake challenging and adventurous endeavors with as much skill and courage as men. Her journey symbolized empowerment, encouraging women to embrace their ambitions and pursue their dreams regardless of societal norms.

“Being a woman should never let that slow you down in anything you do. In fact, we owe it to each other to give 110% to everything we do. That’s how we can elevate ourselves to new heights,” Trudy said.

Her courage in challenging the status quo, her commitment to truth, and her ability to overcome societal constraints should inspire women today to strive for their aspirations, break through barriers, and advocate for positive change.

Read about other Great American Women of History like Judith Huemann. She fought for the rights of people with disabilities and helped form the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Who is Trudy Jacobson?

Trudy is an entrepreneur and leader. Her path to success and entrepreneurialism started in the trucking industry decades ago. She encountered numerous obstacles in the male-dominated industry- like discrimination. She was even defrauded out of a lot of money by an unscrupulous, opportunistic person. Despite all that, Trudy always fought hard and pushed forward. Once she realized she could do anything, she started her own company and excelled. Now she empowers other women to do the same and to learn from her experience. Trudy now highlights their stories for the world to see in the Great American Women Series. Trudy wants women everywhere to know they can achieve their goals.