Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland made headlines as they raced, solo, in opposite directions around the world in 1889. That adventure turned out to be only a small part of a larger fight they each fought in their own way -- a fight for financial independence for women at the turn of the 20th century. Both women learned as children how difficult it was for a woman to make her own way in the world. Both fought fiercely to gain a voice as journalists so they could speak out on behalf of working women. Though they never met in person, their stories overlap in a fascinating series of coincidences that had them racing against time, injustice, and each other. Newspaper articles, articles, and photographs help tell the story of their lives and remarkable careers.