Feminist Hero Nellie Bly Finally Gets an Anthem


On what would have been her 151st birthday, badass investigative journalist Nellie Bly, née Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, gets the theme song she deserves.

Bly, you’ll recall, was a reporter and muckraker as well as a popular answer to the question, “What made you want to become a journalist?” In 1887, she posed as a mentally ill woman and wrote a famous exposé of conditions at a women’s asylum. In 1889, she traveled around the world and inspired Jules Vernes to pen Around the World in 80 Days (even though it only took her 72); she probably wrestled a bear or lassoed the moon, too. Now Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs honors her in a song that’s featured alongside today's Google Doodle in her honor. Put it in your “badass” playlist right between Beyoncé’s “Flawless” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”