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 “for the woman who lives actively.”
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.
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.