1) Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author.
2) She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
3) She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.
4) She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
5) In 1935, Earhart became a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to female students.
6) She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
7) During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the earth in 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
8) The worldwide fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continues to this day.
9) Earhart was a widely known international celebrity during her lifetime.
10) Her shyly charismatic appeal, independence, persistence, coolness under pressure, courage and goal-oriented career along with the circumstances of her disappearance at a comparatively early age, have driven her lasting fame in popular culture.
11) Hundreds of articles and scores of books have been written about her life, which is often cited as a motivational tale, especially for girls.
12) Earhart is generally regarded as a feminist icon.
13) The home where Earhart was born is now the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and is maintained by the Ninety-Nines, an international group of female pilots of whom Earhart was the first elected president.