These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Day


Writing under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation’s ills

(Illustration by Johanna Goodman. Source Material: Library of Congress; Public Domain – NYPL)

Smithsonian Magazine
One November day in 1888, a slight, dark-haired young woman ducked out of the crowd on a street in downtown Chicago and took an elevator up to see a doctor. She’d been uneasy all morning, an unpleasant task ahead. Lines from Thomas Hood’s poem about suicide ran through her mind: “One more unfortunate, / weary of breath / Vastly importunate, / Gone to her death.”

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