Nellie Bly was the penname used by journalist Elizabeth Cochran in the late nineteenth century. Bly first rose to prominence after transferring from The Pittsburgh Dispatch to The New York World, where she wrote an expose on the conditions in New York asylums. Bly became even more well known after setting a world record by traveling around the world in 72 days as part of another story. Throughout this period, she continued to fight for better divorce laws and greater female participation in the workforce. Bly’s success and advocacy for women’s rights helped blaze a trail for future female journalists.