Famous Women Pilot: Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous women pilots in our history. Her childhood wasn’t the best out of everyone’s, but she used flying as a distraction. Amelia attempted to do things that no one else would attempt and she was the first women to break many records and fly to different places. Amelia was the first woman to attempt to fly around the world even though if it meant risking her life. She changed what women pilots could do and she encouraged them to fly and become pilots. It is still a mystery till today about her disappearance. Amelia Earhart impacted women in aviation even before she disappeared on her journey around the world.

Amelia’s childhood didn’t start off or end up as great as it could have been. Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. Her parents struggled financially when she was young. It was tough for them to pay for things and that impacted their family life (“Amelia Earhart”). Amelia spent a lot of time at her grandparents house. At that time her dad, Edwin wasn’t doing well with his job and he had a bad drinking problem. Amy, Amelia’s mom and the two girls left her father. Her parents got together and tried to work things out, but it eventually didn’t (Fleming 9). While Amelia was still young, she worked as an American Red Cross nurse during World War I in Toronto, Canada. Once the war ended, Amelia went to New York to attend Columbus University and got a degree in nursing. Her nursing job was one of the many jobs Amelia had to help pay for the daily needs of the family. She paid for all the things that were required for her plane since her family couldn’t afford these expenses (“Amelia Earhart”). Overall, she used flying as her distraction to all of the d...

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