Nellie Bly, investigative journalist for the newspaper New York World, was the first to come up with the idea. She pitched it to her editors, then had to fight to go—her superiors originally wanted to send a man. After she'd set off, the editor of the monthly magazine The Cosmopolitan decided Cosmo* could get a lot of "pageviews" by sending a rival, preferably a young woman, to race Bly. So Cosmo recruited book reviews writer Elizabeth Bisland to go, starting in the opposite direction as Bly. The Public Domain Review tells the story mostly from the point of view of Bisland, who would eventually lose the race, circumnavigating the globe in 76 days to Bly's 75. I know, who wants to read about a loser? But this is cool because Bisland has never had as much written about her as Bly has. I'm a fan of circumnavigation efforts, and I never knew Bly had a rival. The author of The Public Domain Review article has also written a book about the two.