Amelia Earhart

by Clayton from Pataskala

Amelia Earhart was a pioneer for women and for female respect and recognition. She took big risks to try to get people to see that women can do things too. She was a flying daredevil, trying to earn her recognition and fame. On her legendary flight, as we all know all too well, her luck ran out. At least, that's all we can presume, considering there was never any kind of distress call or wreckage to be found. It is a big mystery of exactly how she disappeared, because, like I mentioned, there was never any evidence of her crashing or anything. Anyways, on to what you came for: the story of Amelia Earhart.

It wasn't very hard to find out where Amelia was born, but it was still interesting. She was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, the daughter of a railroad attorney; she spent her childhood in various towns, including Atchison and Kansas City, Kansas and Des Moines, Iowa. This is somewhat like me. I moved a lot when I was younger. While I didn't move as drastically as Amelia, I did move every now and then, still staying in Ohio, however. So, in other words, I can relate to Amelia a little bit, at least on the moving piece. Our birthdays are also very close. Hers is on the 24th (in July, that is). I find it very neat that our birthdays are only seven days apart, as well as the fact that she was born exactly one hundred years before I was born.

I found it slightly surprising that she was the sixteenth woman to be given a pilot's license. For years and years, I had always thought that she was the first woman to have a pilot's license. This statement proved me wrong: "In 1923, Earhart, fondly known as "Lady Lindy," became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license." I must say, I have absolutely no idea where the nickname "Lady Lindy" came from. None of the research sites have mentioned this or where it came from.

There are many places Amelia has been in her youth, but there is always the place she started flying that is interesting. She moved to California where she initially pursued flying as a hobby and then took it more seriously, when her future husband chose her to be the first woman passenger on board a transatlantic flight. This is something else I did not know about Amelia. I never knew that she was the first woman on a transatlantic flight. I theorize that this may have helped to spark her interest in airplanes and flight travel. I had also never thought that flying could be considered a hobby. To me, it just seems like it's too big to be a hobby.

All in all, this is the history, or at least part of it, of Amelia Earhart. She most definitely has a broad background. There are many things to find out about her. If you would like to get more information on her, just visit these sites:

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