Amelia Earhart is the first woman I will be introducing you to in my new series, “Wonder Woman Wednesday”. Some, if not all of you, already know that Amelia Earhart was a great pilot. You may even know that, in addition to many other record setting accomplishments, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928 and the first to do it solo in 1932. What you may not know is that she was also a best-selling author and worked to advance women in aviation. She wrote several books about her flights and adventures. In 1931, she was elected the first president of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. And in 1935, she was hired as a career counselor and aviation advisor for female students at Purdue University, guiding and inspiring the next generation of female pilots.
Unfortunately, she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to be the first person to fly around the world. She was just shy of her 40th birthday. Earhart was a true example of courage, pushing boundaries, and being true to yourself, and she is still inspiring women across all male dominated fields today.
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“Our History (The Ninety-Nines, Inc.).” The Ninety-Nines, Inc., www.ninety-nines.org/our-history.htm.
- Michals, Debra. “Amelia Earhart.” National Women’s History Museum, 2015, www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/amelia-earhart.
- Neubert, Amy Patterson. “Earhart’s Legacy Thrives at Purdue University.” Earhart’s Legacy Thrives at Purdue University, 19 Oct. 2009, www.purdue.edu/uns/x/2009b/091019CordovaEarhart.html.