May 5, 2015


Karen O Pens Google Doodle Track in Honor of Nellie Bly

Today marks the 151st anniversary of Nellie Bly's birth. Unsure who that is? Google is here to educate.

Back in the day female journalists used nom de plumes to conceal their gender in order to be taken seriously. (Thank god for feminism, the world sucks, etc.) Our friend Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran and would go on to break records with her investigative work. In the late 1800s, Bly/Cochran went undercover in an insane asylum and traveled the world in 72 astonishing feat at that time. And now the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has teamed up with Google Doodle to pen a song honoring her legacy.

"Someone has got to stand up and tell them what a girl is good for / We gotta speak up for the ones who've been told to shut up," she opens the stripped down song before launching into Bly specifics, "Nellie take us all around the world with you / We wanna make something of ourselves too."

Listen to the tune and watch the adorable animated short above. When you're done, peep our essential Yeah Yeah Yeahs playlist.