Who is she?
Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and set many other records. She was instrumental in the foundation of the The Ninety-Nines, an organisation for female pilots. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Amelia was raised by her mother to be an independent girl, and she wore ‘bloomers’ instead of dresses from a young age. Her independent streak carried on into later life – she married, but believed she was equally responsible as a breadwinner and kept her own name.
During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Amelia’s plane disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. There are countless theories as to what happened to her, and her disappearance remains a mystery.
Why should we thank her?
Amelia is regarded as a feminist icon, and a hero to girls around the world as a true adventurer.
As well as her support for female pilots, her accomplishments inspired female aviators, including those who flew during WW2.
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.”