In honor of Women’s History Month and an amazing female pioneer, let’s celebrate the original M.I.S.S. Jet Set: Amelia Earhart.
Nowadays, if we can afford to fly across the Atlantic, we can do it! But it wasn’t until Amelia Earhart did on June 17, 1928, that a woman had flown across the Atlantic. Even more remarkable about this milestone: 3 women had died earlier that year trying to be the first to make the trip. Earhart didn’t stop there though; she went on to be the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, CA, then became the first to fly solo from Mexico City to Newark, NJ, breaking altitude records along the way of her flight pioneering. In 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to be the first woman to fly around the world. With less than 7,000 miles of the 29,000 mile journey remaining, Earhart was last heard from on July 2, somewhere near Howland Island over the Pacific Ocean. After an extensive air and sea search, the rescue efforts were called off and memorials began popping up in memory of Amelia Earhart, her spirit, and her achievements.
Earhart was not just a pioneer in the aviation industry or by default for her gender. She set out to prove women’s equality by example, feeling her flight across the Atlantic proved that men and women were equal in “jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness and willpower.” In a letter to her husband, written in case she didn’t return from a dangerous flight, Amelia made clear, “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards,” she said. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
Thank you, Amelia Earhart, for paving the way for future fliers and generations of women challenging themselves.
For more on Earhart, check out her official website.
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