Nellie Bly was a journalist and an adventurer, the first person to travel the world in fewer than 80 days (inspired by Jules Verne's novel) and had herself committed to an insane asylum in order to report on the conditions.
1885 -- Anandibai Joshi of India, Keiko Okami of Japan, and Sabat Islambouli of Syria -- each became the first licensed female doctors in their respective countries. The three were students at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark, 1884 (she married Bertie, Prince of Wales, he became King Edward VI of Great Britain & she became Queen Alexandra of Great Britain) I'll post some more photos of her, as she was a beautiful and fashionable woman of the time.
Ten Days in a Mad House, Nellie Bly, published in Nellie had herself committed to Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum for a reporting story. What she encountered there as a "patient" turned the City of New York on it's head once exposed.
Nellie Bly - Wikipedia, After ten days, Bly was released from the asylum at The World’s behest. Her report, later published in book form as Ten Days in a Mad-House, caused a sensation and brought her lasting fame.