If she were living Amelia Earhart would have been 115 years old today. What do you know about her? Let me guess, she is the woman who tried to fly around the world and disappeared in 1937. That’s it to. You didn’t know that she helped form the Ninety Nines, was a member in the National Womens Party and  supported the Equal Rights amendment.

Until this morning I was in the same boat about Amelia Earhart. She was born towards the end of the Womans suffrage movement in the United States and she was a pioneer for women and aviation. In 1928 Amelia became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean, this is a feat accomplished many times everyday now, but in 1928 it was un heard of and here was a woman doing it and she did it with style. Thanks to her influence, in part to her image and her position at Cosmopolitan magazine, Amelia was  able to help start and finance Transcontinental Air Transport, this air line would later become TWA. 

Amelia Earhart raced aircraft and crisscrossed the country, flying from Hawaii to Oakland, Los Angeles to Mexico City and Mexico City to New York. With 15 records three books to her fame Amelia set out to circumnavigate the globe and was never seen again.

It is easy to remember Amelia Earhart for her disappearance and “failure”, but what we should remember her for is her successful and inspiring life. I think that the woman she encouraged directly and indirectly are innumerable. She made an impact on womans rights and aviation that was nothing but positive. Come to think of it when I consider failure I always remember the words of one of my most favorite people in history…

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston Churchill

Amelia stumbled with poise grace and was nothing but a huge success. Happy Birthday Amelisa!!

 

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