On July 24th, we honor a female aviation pioneer and hero.
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897, and each year on that day, we honor this female hero for her bravery, commitment, and perseverance. Amelia is known for her greatest achievement: becoming the first pilot, man or woman, to fly across the Pacific Ocean, which she did on January 11th, 1935. Three years prior, she became the very first woman to traverse the Atlantic Ocean as a nonstop trip, all on her own. As one of the most famous American aviators, Amelia mysteriously disappeared mid-flight while trying to go around the world around its widest point, the equator, in 1937. After a 2-year search costing around $4 million, she was officially declared dead in 1939, though her body has never been found.
Amelia’s legacy is fascinating. In addition to being a pioneering aviator, she was a style icon (developing her own fashion line), magazine editor for Cosmopolitan, and even a best-selling author for her book 20 Hrs., 40 Min.. Amelia Earhart’s incredible ambition as a pilot (she was the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license and eventually became president of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of female pilots), taking on risks and challenges to promote gender equality, makes her one of the remarkable role models for females today, proving that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. To Amelia Earhart, we salute you!