To Expose the Truth about Mental Asylums, Nellie Bly Feigned Insanity to Study One

Cultural Curator
Over a year ago

This video is part of a series on female genius, in proud collaboration with 92Y's 7 Days of Genius Festival.

Nellie Bly may be little known but her achievements are truly outsized. She spoke out for women's rights; carved out a place for women in journalism by feigning insanity, entering a mental institution, and covering what she saw as a reporter; and she beat Jules Verne's hypothetical record of traveling around the world in 80 days, accomplishing the feat in just 72.