Amelia Earhart is a female aviator
who was well ahead of her time. She didn’t want to be the dainty woman society
wanted to be. She had passions and goals of being someone who could change the
world and how people viewed it. It wasn’t always easy reaching her goals and
ambitions, but she got through it and became an amazing pilot. Amelia Earhart is an outstanding woman
with a lot of experiences to share with the world; from her early beginnings to
her final flight, she proved who she was as a woman and an aviator to the
Amelia Earhart’s adventure started when she was born on July
24, 1897.She grew up in Atchison, Kansas. She was the daughter of a railroad
attorney, and she had to stay with her grandparents during the winter. Her
grandparents, Alfred and Amelia Otis, came from a wealthy upbringing. Amelia
attended a private college preparatory school, and she got into a bit of
mischief due to her independent behavior. She never let what society expected
her to be change her. Her behavior was more active a rugged while young girls
were expected to behave tamed and ladylike. She realized that boys could do
more than girls according to society, and she wasn’t fond of this dynamic.
Eventually, Amelia’s father had to transfer jobs
and move to Iowa. The following year, she attended a state fair where she
viewed an aircraft for the first time when she was ten years old. Shockingly,
this plane did not impress her by the slightest; she thought it was
uninteresting and boring. It was when she attended a stunt-flying exhibition
a decade later. This made her become interested in aviation (CMG). As she aged, she
had many different occupations. Amelia Earhart graduated from Hyde Park High School located in Chicago.
The following summer, her mother received an inheritance which enabled her to
attend the Ogontz School, a prestigious school in Philadelphia. She did
exceedingly in her studies, the most notable being literature, and became she
became vice president of her class.
Later in her life, she enlisted as a
nurse aide in Spadina Military Hospital in Canada during the war. She tended to
wounded soldiers in World War I. She
continued working at the hospital through the great influenza epidemic in the
summer of 1918. Due to working in those circumstances, she contracted a
pneumococcal bacterial infection of her frontal antrum. The only available
remedy was surgery; this involved opening and draining the cavity which is a
painful and long procedure. Amelia was debilitated for an extended amount of
the duration of her healing, she lived in Massachusetts with her sister. A year
after Amelia, who was only 22, at the time enrolled in a pre-med course at the
Columbia University Extension Program in New York City. She had a very heavy
course load and received a B+ average for the entire year. She decided to drop
the courses and focus solely on aviation. These actions were risky, and it
could’ve ruined her career. She handled the stress well and became an amazing
Flying didn’t spark
her interest until the 1920s. She went on a flying exposition with her friend.
This was the beginning of her aviation journey. She also went to an air show
located at Long Beach with her father. She knew that once she had
got three hundred feet off the ground, she knew that she had to learn how to be
a pilot (CBS).
She began taking aviation courses
in California. She took odd jobs to pay for her lessons; she was really
determined to get her license. Her mother and sister helped her purchase her
first airplane; it was a Kinner Airster. She had the ability to
take flight in the Pacific Coast Ladies’ Derby located in Pasadena. This was
only two days after she received her license which is something that most
people wouldn’t dare to attempt; she was fearless. Promoters wanted a woman to
fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and Amelia was the perfect candidate. In 1937, as
Earhart neared her 40th birthday, she was ready for a monumental, and final,
challenge: she wanted to be the first woman to fly around the world (CMG). Luckily, she was chosen
for the flight in 1928.
She landed in Burry Port, Wales on June 18th.
This made her an international sensation. She took on a lecture tour across
America. She eventually married her publisher, George Palmer Putnam, in 1931.
She chose to keep her maiden name for her career. The
same year she piloted an autogiro. She had a record-setting
altitude of 18,415 feet. She was constantly trying to prove her independence
from societal norms. She crossed the Atlantic by herself on May 20-21 of 1932.
She traveled to the locations Harbor Grace, Londonderry, Newfoundland, and
Northern Ireland in an impressive record of 14 hours and 56 minutes.
The Fun of It in 1932. This included
her many crazy aviation adventures. She took on a series of flights in the
United States after she published her book. After flying across the
Atlantic in 1928, her next checkpoint was to do what no other woman has done
before. She was going to travel the transatlantic crossing alone.
Her first solo flight was from Hawaii to
California at 2,408 miles. This was much longer and straining than the trip
from Europe to the United States. The aircraft lost control, so it had to be
sent to a factory to be repaired. She departed Honolulu on January first only
to go to Oakland the following day. She became the first person to fly from Los
Angeles to Mexico City. What happened next, no one expected.
an unknown reason, she left behind communication and navigation instruments
needed to make her trip safe. People come to the conclusion that this was to
make room for additional fuel needed for the extended flight. The couple made
it to New Guinea within 21 days, even when Earhart was extremely ill. During
the next part of the trip, they departed at New Guinea for Howland Island. This
is a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. July 2, 1937, was the last
time anyone had heard from Earhart and Noonan. No one has heard of them since.
U.S. Navy conducted a large search for Earhart and Noonan that went on over
more than two weeks. Unable to accept that Earhart had simply vanished, some of
her loyal fans believed that she was an agent or was captured by United States
enemies. The Navy published a report following its search, which included maps
of where they searched. The plane, Earhart, and Noonan were never found. No one
knows what happened, but people believe they got lost and ran out of fuel and
passed away. She was less than a month away from her 40th birthday.
Amelia Earhart has become more famous for vanishing than for her aviation
mysterious disappearance captured the public’s imagination and generated
numerous theories and claims” (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica). It ignited a whole industry of conspiracy theorists and
“researchers.” There are two main details about these ideas. The
first theory is that her around-the-world flight was a cover for an undercover
mission, composed by President Roosevelt to analyze what the Japanese were up
to in the Pacific. Secondly, she and Fred Noonan weren’t engorged by the
Pacific Ocean, but they were captured and held hostage by the Japanese.
These two ideas
contribute well in the disappearance; however, no evidence has ever been found
sufficient to support either one of these ideas. The lack of facts has not
unconvinced these researchers. In March, 2011, as part of the ongoing search
for Amelia Earhart’s remains, researchers examined the DNA of bones found on
Nikumaroro, and determined that they could be the remains of the aircraft
aviatrix. In fact, the examiners could not even state with certainty that the
small bone fragments were human. Nobody else has found a plane. Nauticos made a
calculation of where the Electra sank. He outlined an area of 1,800 square
miles north and west of Howland. Sadly, there was no luck (Adler, Jerry).
Amelia Earhart was a
true example of a Renaissance woman. She had a deep passion for women’s rights
to her restless efforts in education and aviation. Even after she was declared
dead almost two years later, she has remained a role model to all women all
over the country. She remodeled the way the world viewed women at a time when
they were discovering their true potential. She changed the woman’s image from
a submissive and underestimated to one that was able to take authority, change
their future, and be revolutionary. Before this time, most women were
She has made a big impact on our world. Many places have been named
after her to honor her legacy. She has inspired millions of other pilots around
the world. Even though Amelia is gone,
her legacy will continue until the end of time. She broke through barriers of
gender norms and showed the true power of a woman. she proved who she was as a woman, and she didn’t
let people define who she was. She
never allowed people to slow her down. This wasn’t an easy journey by the
slightest, but through determination a perseverance she got exactly what she
wanted and what she worked for. Even if it meant taking weird jobs to pay for
her flight lessons, she still got what she wanted. She is the perfect role
model for our future generations. She teaches us how to set goals and complete
them. All it takes is dedication and commitment. There’s a lot we can learn through
her accomplishments. She did the impossible multiple times, and so can you. “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail,
their failure should be a challenge to others.” -Amelia Earhart