Google Doodle has achieved a trifecta of WYSKyness with today’s doodle honoring the 151st birth anniversary of trailblazing journalist Nellie Bly, and we cannot love it more!
“Throughout her life and career, Nellie Bly spoke up for the underprivileged, the helpless and minorities, and defied society’s expectations for women. We love her adventurous spirit, and we share her belief that women can do anything and be anything they want. So when it came time to honor Nellie with a Doodle, we wanted to make it special. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs wrote, composed and recorded an original song about Nellie, and Katy Wu, the artist who created this doodle, created an animation set to Karen O’s music celebrating this intrepid investigative reporter,” Google explains.
Do yourself a favor and take a minute to check out this outstanding tribute!
So who are these three amazing women?
In 1880, the Pittsburgh Dispatch published an article titled “What Girls Are Good For.” In dismissive terms, the column’s author wrote that women shouldn’t be allowed to work because their place was at home.
Days later, a pseudonymous rebuttal appeared in the paper. The response, by a 16-year-old girl whose real name was Elizabeth Jane Cochran, argued how important it was for women to be independent and self-reliant. Within a decade, the author of that response would become known worldwide as Nellie Bly: a hard-hitting young journalist who went undercover at a lunatic asylum and traveled around the world in a record-breaking 72 days. – via Google Doodle
Stay tuned for a film version of Bly’s book 10 Days in a Madhouse, to be released in 2015.
Karen Lee Orzolek is a singer and musician most known for her role as the lead vocalist for the American Indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The four-time Grammy nominee released her first solo album Crush Songs in 2014.
Katy Wu began her animation career as an intern at Pixar. Her first job was at Laika Studio with Director Henry Sellick, where she worked on the feature film, Coraline. Today, Katy is a Doodler at Google and continues to draw her own comics and other collaborative art projects in her spare time.