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Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer, an author and an inspiration to women all over the globe.Amelia was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross which was awarded to her for being the first aviatrix to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo.

Background Information

Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
Amelia Earhart was Born on the 24th of July 1897 and Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went missing on the 2nd of July 1937 they were Declared Legally Dead on January the 5th 1939.

Early Childhood

Amelia Earhart
In the late 1890s and early 1900s young girls were expected to grow up to be women who were average stereotypical stays at home mothers. But not Amelia (nicknamed Meeley) , nor her sister Grace (nicknamed Pidge), while other little girls were playing dolls and wearing quaint little dresses Amelia and Grace were, climbing trees, hunting rats with a rifle and "belly-slamming" their sled downhill. Amy Earhart (Amelia and Grace’s mother) did not believe in modeling her children into “nice little girls”. According to Goldstein and Dillon 1997, p. 9.” In 1904, with the help of her uncle, she cobbled together a home-made ramp fashioned after a roller coaster she had seen on a trip to St. Louis and secured the ramp to the roof of the family toolshed. Earhart's well-documented first flight ended dramatically. She emerged from the broken wooden box that had served as a sled with a bruised lip, torn dress and a "sensation of exhilaration." She exclaimed, "Oh, Pidge, it's just like flying!"

Early Influences

Amelia and Grace Earhart
Earhart saw her first aircraft at the age of 10 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Her father tried to get Amelia and Grace interested in taking a flight. But after One look at the rickety old "flivver" Amelia promptly asked if they could go back to the merry-go-round. She later described the biplane as “a thing of wood, rusty wire and not at all interesting.”