Contemporary World Issues
By: Jerome Bircumshaw
Even to this day some people believe women are not capable of achieving what the male can do. However one women in 1928 changed the image of the face of women forever.
Soon to be an American aviator, Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas. She was the daughter of a successful railroad attorney. Because of her father’s occupation, Amelia spent her childhood growing up in many different towns. Her fascination for adventure and thrill seeking started off at a young age where Amelia and her big sister Muriel decided one day that they wanted to make a plane. There ...view middle of the document...
“That is Vega,” her father told her. “It is one of the most beautiful stars of all.” Amelia shut her eyes and wish on “Vega” that she could do exciting things when she grew up. This wish certainly came true.
The following years were good ones for Amelia, as she learned how to swim and ride horses. After she finished her high school education, she attended a school in Toronto, Canada where she visited her sister and took a course in the Red Cross First Aid. She thought being a nurse was going to be her occupation growing up as she loved helping the wounded soldiers and everyone loved her help.Years after however, she left and furthered her education as a premedical student at the Columbia University in New York. It was going well for Amelia, but her parents insisted she should move back to California with them.
Shortly after, Amelia was living in California with her parents when she read in a newspaper that there was an “air meet” near Los Angeles. Amelia went to the air meet, with her father and they watched the planes do stunts and daredevil tricks. That was the beginning of Amelia’s aviation adventure. She decided she wanted to fly, but her parents could not afford lessons for her, so Amelia got a job to cover the expenses. Her teacher was a women, and one of the only women in the world who knew how to fly. This gave Amelia more hope that one day she would be able to fly by herself. One day she finally got to fly solo as her instructor watched. She was not the best pilot and had a rough landing, but she could say she flew an airplane. Amelia’s mom was proud of her and helped her to buy her own small airplane. Amelia soon became a good pilot and was reminded by men and women constantly how good her aviation skills were. Planes did not fly very high back in the early 1900’s but that never stopped Amelia from setting a women’s record for high flying. She flew 14,000 feet in the air, almost three miles high.
With the knowledge we know now of Amelia’s great achievements, it is surprising to think that she had a hard time deciding on what she wanted to do. Of course she wanted to fly, but she also wanted to do some useful work. It was at Denison House in Boston where she found a social center. This is where she taught the children how to play games. She looked after them while their mothers were working, it was like a daycare. If Amelia was not taking care of the kids, she was flying. All the children were proud of her and looked up to her.
In 1927, Amelia read the newspaper and learned that Charles A. Lindbergh had flown an airplane from New York to Paris. It was a major accomplishment because flying airplanes across the Atlantic was not only a hard task to accomplish but no one had ever successfully made the journey until then. Lindbergh was the first man who accomplished the flight in history. Several women had tried to make the journey, but none had made it. Three young women lost their lives trying. It was in...