Until the day her plane disappeared over the South Pacific in 1937, Amelia Earhart claimed one primary goal in her life, and that was the advancement of the achievements of women. Her final journey, a flight around the world which she almost completed, would have been a first for either a man or a woman, and served as a clear example of how far Amelia Earhart was willing to go to prove the ability of women to be airplane pilots...or whatever else they wanted to be.
Earhart was born in Kansas in 1897, and grew up throughout the Midwest. She served as a nurse's aide in a Canadian military hospital during World War I, and after the war, she returned to college to study for a year before she moved to California. It was in Los Angeles in 1921, that Amelia took up flying. After only months of lessons, she was soloing and setting records. Before the decade was finished she would become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
They called her "Lady Lindy" after the famous pilot Charles Lindburgh, but Amelia Earhart was very much her own woman. Patricia Lauber's biography of the famous pilot is rich with information on Amelia's life and the times in which she lived. Plenty of photographs and maps are included to tell the story of this remarkable woman, who when she disappeared in 1937, was known throughout the world as a model of grace and determination.
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