A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – E

For the Letter E, I have chosen Amelia Earhart

Aviation legend Amelia Earhart was one of the most famous women aviators in America. She had set many flight records, including becoming the first woman to fly solo across both the Atlantic Ocean (in 1932) and the Pacific Ocean (in 1935).

She also was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in a multi-person plane, making the crossing in 1928 with pilot Wilmer Stultz and Lou Gordon.

She authored the books 20 Hours, 40 Minutes (1928, about her first trans-Atlantic flight) and The Fun of It (1932).

In addition to her piloting feats, Earhart was known for encouraging women to reject constrictive social norms and to pursue various opportunities, especially in the field of aviation. In 1929 she helped found an organization of female pilots that later became known as the Ninety-Nines. Earhart served as its first president. In addition, she debuted a functional clothing line in 1933, which was designed โ€œfor the woman who lives actively.โ€

She and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared near Howland Island in the South Pacific on July 2, 1937, on one of the last legs of their around-the-world flight.

Despite extensive searches at the time (and in the years since), no clear evidence has ever been found of Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, or their plane.

(Sources; Who2 Biography, Britannica.com

I heard of Amelia Earhart when I was a teenager. Her story not only evoked curiosity about her death but also inspired me.

She stepped into a men-dominated field and made a name for herself. She inspired many generations of women to be pioneers like her.



30 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – E

            1. Itโ€™s very important to let young people know that itโ€™s a field for women as well. My daughter worked with STEM Washington to inspire girls to join the field of science. I was a bit disappointed that this gap exists more in USA, Pakistan.

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              1. It was interesting to me that when I started teaching science in the middle school there were more male teachers. That changed over time and my work husband was the only male left. Now there re only females there.
                There is a huge gap for women being in science here. Sad.

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                1. It is sad. I saw another example of it when my grandson joined a camp at Microsoft store for coding. 95% were boys. And when he went to a camp at a craft store for arts, he was the only boy there.

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  1. I didn’t know she designed clothing. Cool! I guess women still didn’t wear pants very often in early 20th century. At least not “proper” women ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
    Great choice and thanks for teaching me something new!๐Ÿ’•


  2. Excellent, Sadje. I’ve seen a couple of documentaries about Amelia. Amazing and inspirational. Your post reminds me that I’d like to read a biography on Amelia. Hm. Will need to do some looking.

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