Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) - aviation pioneer | author

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Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in 1928 and the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932. She set numerous other solo aviation records. During the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918, Earhart worked as a nurse’s aide. She survived the Spanish Flu and a serious bout of pneumonia that required a year of convalescence. Her lasting sinusitis affected her while flying. Earhart wrote best-selling books about her experiences as a pilot and became the first president of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart was a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. She disappeared in July 1937 on her final round-the-world attempt.


"Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things." 

"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." 

"Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”


 Rich, D. (1996). Amelia Earhart: A Biography.

 Gilpin, C. (2013). National Geographic Readers: Amelia Earhart (Readers Bios). (biography for children)


Nancy Tilson-Mallett - Artist Statement

Amelia Earhart is my hero who has influenced my life since early childhood, growing up in Atchison, Ks. When I was 10, I had a paper route that ended at her grandparents home, on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. I would sit on the porch and watch the sun rise, dreaming of exploring the world. Amelia was a tomboy and so was I. I loved the stories of her exploring the bluffs, climbing trees, riding horses, wearing clothes for being active and not the restraining Victorian women's wear. As I matured, I appreciated her independent, confident spirit, a feminist through her example of living. I became a physician with the inspiration of Amelia's life, that women can do and be anything that they dream of. And my daughter's name? Amelia. 

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