Amelia Earhart

she helped to change the way the world looks at women

Amelia's early childhood and family life

  • Amelia Earhart seemed to always have a sense for adventure. Amelia loved to experience the thrill of trying new things, even if that meant she could be outcast from society. Amelia was born in her grandparents house in Atchison, Kansas. From what Amelia's mother can recall, Amelia has always been a very independent child, Amelia's mother said, "By Amelia's second birthday she was already able to go to bed by herself.." When Amelia had turned three, she was sent to her grandmothers house to give her company during winter months. This was not a strange thing to do in the family although, and most of the reason why they sent Amelia was because the family wanted to distract her grandmother from recent deaths of family members, and her mother had her hands full with a new child, Amelia's little sister, Muriel.

Hard times

  • By the time Amelia was in the 7th grade, her family had lived in four different houses, thanks to their father's excellent job. The Earharts finally settled for a cottage and remained there. Life held up pretty great for the Earharts until sadly Amelia's father began to drink, which eventually led him into a bad drinking problem. Amelia's father ended up getting fired because of his addiction, and it left him desperate to look for a job. The family went through a very rough time, and Amelia's mother decided to leave her husband (not an official divorce until 1924.), taking Amelia and Muriel with her.

Amelia has an urge to fly

  • By the time Amelia was in college, she went to volunteer as a nurse's aid during world war I in Toronto, Canada. She had worked near a Canadian flight school, and she became very interested in airplanes and flight. She tried to get permission to fly, but sadly it failed. That rejection did not stop Amelia although, and she kept seeking out ways to fly. Amelia edventually went to California, and she found a teacher that was wiling to teach her how to fly. On october 1930, Amelia earns her air transport license.

Amelia's Accomplishments and facts

  • Amelia obtained many accomplishments while she was a pilot. Amelia set a world record for women's flying with a altitude of 14,000 feet, and by 1927 she accumulated at least 500 hours of solo flying. Also, on July 1930, Amelia set the women's world flying speed record of 181.18 mph. A strange fact about Amelia is when she was in Toronto, a Spanish flu pandemic was going around, and while she was a nurse, she contacted the virus which resulted in Amelia suffering headaches for the rest of her life.

Amelia disappears

  • By Amelia's 40th birthday, she planed her last flight to be across the Atlantic solo. Things were going pretty much smoothly until she had disappeared. There was numerous searches but sadly no on could find Amelia. Later on, Amelia was legally acclaimed dead. Amelia's disappearance is still unsure, although from numerous theories, there is no proven evidence.

The importance of Amelia

  • Amelia changed the way people view women. Even when she was young, she wasn't afraid to play sports or wear pants, which were things men were only considered to do. She showed men how strong and independent a woman can be, so she helped change the viewpoint of the world towards women. Amelia had said, "Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."