Fearless Amelia Earhart - in 1932 became the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for the accomplishment. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean.
As an aviation pioneer, she founded The 99s, an international organization of licensed female pilots for the mutual support and advancement of women in the profession.
As a child, Amelia maintained a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about women with exciting male-dominated careers: film directors, engineers, attorneys.
Amelia’s mother was a bit of an adventurer herself: she was the first woman to ever climb Pikes Peak in Colorado.
By the time Amelia was 24, she bought a plane of her own within just 6 months of taking her first flying lesson from another female aviator Anita Snook.
Amelia had a series of odd jobs to support her aviation passion: she worked as a telephone operator, tutor, social worker and gravel truck driver. She took a course of photography (with interest in photographing garbage cans) and ambulance driver.
Amelia studied sewing as a girl and made her own clothes. However, at the beginning of her career she had to wear men’s aviator suits that were poorly fitted for a woman. The jodhpurs, leather jacket, and boots would become the foundation of her signature style.
In 1932, Amelia developed aviation-inspired clothes that were advertised in Vogue. Her designs were made of unconventional materials and accessories, such as parachute silk, textile from airplane wings and propeller-shaped buttons.
“There’s more to life than being a passenger.” - Amelia Earhart