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Striding forth with Nellie

"Accept praise for its worth: politeness. Be brutally frank with yourself. It's safer. "
Nellie Bly (1864 - 1922) 
Have you met Nellie? She's not a fictional character, but a true adventurer who landed herself a newspaper job in New York at a time when women were regularly subjected to bombastic criticism for working outside the home (also denied the right to vote and a few other injustices too).

As shown here, she beat the fictional round-the-world record of Phileas Fogg as a "stunt" for New York World -- yes, the paper owned by Joseph Pulitzer (for you Newsies fans).

This picture comes form a series of trading cards devoted to her journey. I picked up a slightly different version of this one fairly recently. It sits on my desk, a reminder that anyone, even a slight young lady from Pittsburgh, can accomplish great things. But, as Nellie observed, we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously either.

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Nellie served as an inspiration for Lizzie, the heroine of "Wrecker of Engines." You can read Lizzie's story in Cobalt City Rookies.

 

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