The month of March is the month we honor powerful women in history. This week we will honor Amelia Earhart and see how she impacted women’s history. In 1923, Amelia, known as “Lady Lindy,” became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. In 1937, she disappeared while trying to navigate the globe from the equator.
Earhart’s life and career have been celebrated for the past several decades on “Amelia Earhart Day,” which is held on July 24, her birthday in 1897. Amelia Earhart had strong determination and ambition. In her passion for flying, she surpassed a number of distance and altitude world records. But beyond her accomplishments as a pilot, she also wanted to make a statement about the role and worth of women. She dedicated much of her life to prove that, like men, women could excel in their chosen professions, and that they could have equal value. This all contributed to her wide appeal and international celebrity. Her mysterious disappearance, added to all of this, has given Earhart lasting recognition in popular culture as one of the world’s most famous pilots.