Amelia Earhart

Nishat C. & Emily M.

A Hero to Women Everywhere

            Amelia Earhart had always dreamed of flying, but before she became a pilot, she was a nurse's aide at a military hospital in Canada during WWI because she wanted to help injured soldiers. After college, she became a social worker who taught English to new immigrants.

          Finally on January 23, 1920, Amelia Earhart began flying lessons. Then in July 1921, she bought her very first plane, even though women were not generally pilots in this time period. Amelia Earhart achieved many things during her lifetime, they included...

  • On October 22, 1922, she broke the women's altitude record at 14,000 feet.
  • On June 17-18, she was the first women to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 20 hours and 40 minutes.
  • In 1928-1929 she wrote the book, "20 hours and 40 minutes", about her flight across the Atlantic and inspired women everywhere.
  • In August, 1929, she placed 3rd in the Cleveland Women's Air Derby.
  • In the Fall of 1929, she was elected as an official for the National Aeronautic Association and encouraged the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) to make separate world altitude,  speed, and endurance records for women.
  • On July 25th, 1930, she broke the speed record at 100 kilometers.
  • In May, 1931, Congress awarded her the Distinguished Flying Cross, the first one ever awarded to a woman.
  • President Herbert Hoover also awarded her the National Geographic Society's Gold Metal.
  • In Fall 1932, she became president of the "Ninety Nines", a women's aviation club, which she helped form because she believe that woman were equals to men in every way.
  • In 1934, she became a women's career counselor and adviser in aeronautics at Purdue University because she wanted to motivate other women.

Amelia Earhart defied prejudice, and overcame many obstacles. She set a daring path for other women to follow. She made so many contributions to both women's rights and aeronautics. Amelia Earhart was brave and fearless, and she dared to do what others wouldn't dream of. She is truly a hero to women everywhere.

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