Nellie Bly (real name Elizabeth Jane Cochran, above) was a 23-year-old journalist without a job when she walked into the offices of Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World in 1887 and was given the daunting assignment of exposing the horrors of the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum. She rehearsed feverishly. She played mad. “Undoubtedly demented… a hopeless case,” said one of the doctors who admitted her. But inside the asylum she chronicled the awful food and awful conditions that spurred reform. A…
Nellie McClung, nee Mooney (1873 -1951), was a Canadian feminist, politician, and social activist. In 1927, McClung and four other women - "The Famous Five" launched the "Persons Case," contending that women could be "qualified persons" eligible to sit in the Senate. They won on appeal. File:Nellie McClung.jpg
Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fund and the use of his home on Fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor
Julia Ward Howe -wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". She was inspired by her abolitionist work . The song was popular in the union during the civil war. After being widowed she worked tirelessly for womens sufferage . She became a pacifist because of her horror at the Civil War carnage.
Ethelyn Mildred Taylor Chisum (1895-1983) was a black teacher and administrator. She was born in Dallas on June 9, 1895. After graduating from Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College in 1913, she taught in the public schools in Texas (1916–23). She served as president of the Dallas Teachers Council, an affiliate of the National Education Association, from 1948-1958 and as an advisor to the council from 1959-1965. She was the NEA membership chairwoman for North Texas from 1955-1960.
Perhaps the most famous true love story from Titanic is that of Isidor and Rosalie Straus, who perished with the Titanic. Rosalie refused a lifeboat. Instead she turned to her husband and said, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go."