|Amelia Earhart. (www.nndb.com)|
"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." (Amelia Earhart) These potent words came out from
Amelia Earhart's mouth and it well exemplifies the mentality of
Amelia Earhart. Always the "go-getter", Earhart did not
just lounge about and wait for opportunities to unveil themselves,
she sought to make it happen. Amelia May Earhart was born on July
24th, in 1897 Atchison, Kansas. She was raised to be a proper
Victorian woman. But Earhart decided early on being ladylike and genteel did not suit her. Young Amelia was interested in daily adventures. And each adventure lead
closer to Earhart's true rapture, flight. Amelia Earhart was extremely dedicated to promote the
advancement of flight and the advancement of women, continually
giving one hundred percent to the task at hand, acted passionately,
and was unimaginably courageous and would always do what had to be
done, knowing full well that there were many dangers that came with flying. Amelia
Earhart earned a place in our textbooks through her groundbreaking contributions to commercial aviation and women's struggle
Amelia Earhart was
compelled by passion for flight. However, Earhart's interest in
aviation did not come immediately. When seeing an airplane for the
first time she later recalls: "It was a thing of rusty wire and
wood and looked not at all interesting," she said. (Women in
Aviation and Space History). When Earhart first sighted an airplane
at the age of ten, she had taken no interest in airplanes at all and
later recalls being unimpressed. At first she thought of airplanes as
a rusty old thing which did not have a very interesting appeal to
them. It was not until on December 28, 1920, when veteran flyer Frank
Hawks gave Earhart her first flight which had introduced her to her
lifelong liking for aviation. "By the time I had got two or
three hundred feet off the ground," she said, "I knew I had
to fly." (Women in Aviation and Space History). That one flight
forever changed Earhart's life. Amelia Earhart's first flight at the
air show awakened her passion for flight, making her destined to fly.
In her passion of flying, Amelia Earhart did not slow down; in the
years that followed, Earhart continued to break more flying records
which could have filled up a phonebook.
|Amelia Earhart Aviatrix with Lockheed Vega Crowd. (www.kansas.com)|
If Amelia Earhart
was anything in the world, she was perseverant. Perseverant to her
craft, and to the advancement in commercial aviation; Earhart's
perseverance was resolutely firm and unwavering and a aircraft of
which she flew with perseverance as she embraced every challenge.
"Her talents as a pilot were questioned, perhaps with envy, by
many contemporaries." (Wilkinson, Stephan). They said women
could not fly. Earhart pushed beyond those limits so she would be
able to prove to the world, and more important, to herself that she
was a capable pilot. Committed to aviation, Earhart did not listen to
the negative uncertainty that others had about her as a pilot, but
only to her own confident mind set to say "yes." "Earhart
became upset by reports that she was largely a puppet figure created
by her publicist husband and that she was something less than a
competent aviator (pilot)." (Laura B. Tyle). Although many had
discouraged her unwomanly ways, it was not enough to destroy her vigorous amount of ambition for becoming a pilot. A determined woman whom sought respect,
Earhart was committed to show of being the able pilot she
One of the qualities
Earhart possessed in abundance was courage. Amelia Earhart put
herself on the line when she took on the challenge of becoming the
first woman to fly. Fully knowledgeable of the hazards that lay
ahead, Earhart faced the challenge with courage. "Earhart made a
solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932." (Sonia Benson).
Although flying was extraordinarily dangerous, Earhart had the
courage it took to fly of which perhaps was built on her adventurous
spirit and zest for life. Amelia Earhart had been daring and
successful in a male dominant world and had accomplished things that
women of that time could not have even dreamed of. "Earhart made
one final flight plan, although she did not know it would be her
last. Her goal was to fly around the world at or near the equator,
something no one had ever attempted." (Sonia Benson). Amelia
Earhart had decided to endeavor a daring feat of flying around the
world at the equator which no man nor woman in aviation had ever
attempted before. It proved Earhart of being a courageous and able
pilot. In the end, the price of her courage cost her her life.
|Amelia Earhart's Last Flight. (www.aerospaceweb.org)|
Amelia Earhart is a
true enduring American hero to everyone around the world. A
pioneering aviator and inspirational figure, Amelia Earhart became
the first woman to accumulate a number of distance and altitude world
records throughout her career. But Earhart did much more than that,
she always believed that a woman could do as much a man. Amelia, a
woman's right activist, dedicated much of her life proving that women
had a place in the world other than being a helpful wife or a
stay-home mum. Earhart used the fame and fortune gained along the way
to forward rights for women. Earhart inspired plenty to generations
of young girls & women all around the world showing them that
they to, like man, could excel in their chosen professions and have
equal value. Earhart's contributions to commercial aviation and the
women's movement set a new precedent to follow. And all because
Earhart had what it took to fly - into our hearts, where her
presence resonates today.
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