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Amelia Mary Earhart (1897–1937): Soaring through stereotype

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  1. Introduction.
  2. Amelia's charecter.
  3. Family.
  4. Education.
  5. Marriage to publisher George Palmer Putnam
  6. Amelia wanted to justify all the attention she received for her cross-Atlantic venture.
  7. Teaching position at Purdue University.
  8. Disappearance.
  9. Conclusion.

Amelia Earhart is one of the most significant figures in changing outlooks towards women in the early twentieth century. Her accomplishments were paramount in the opening of doors for the potential of women. Born on the 24th of July in 1897, Earhart entered a prominent family in the town of Atchison, Kansas. From a privileged upbringing Earhart would rise above the clouds and all expectations placed on women by society. She would become the matriarch for all females in the field of aviation. Earhart would pave the runway for outstanding women of the 20th century.She was said to be a tomboy who was not interested in normal little girl activities. Some of Amelia's favorite activities were climbing trees, sledding, and hunting rats with her rifle (Wikipedia).?She had a special spirit.This search for action would provide her a foundation for the necessary confidence to forge her own way in life.

[...] Earhart had already begun to prove she was skilled in her field, but was not yet a breakthrough in the eyes of history. Her status would change with the effects of one phone call. It came while Amelia was at work one afternoon in April of 1928. wasn't until the caller supplied excellent references that she realized the man was serious. ?Would you like to fly the Atlantic?" he asked, to which Earhart promptly replied, (Official Web Site). Earhart then traveled to New York for an interview with the project coordinators. [...]


[...] Amelia was about as shy as Muhammad Ali (Ware, Putnam wanted the name Earhart to be synonymous with the best woman pilot. Their partnership was as much personal as professional. After recommending Earhart for the trans-Atlantic flight, he also set up a speaking tour for her to publicize her career and market the ideas for his publishing companies. Earhart referred to it as a relationship with ?dual control (Official Web Site)?. Putnam had published several books about Charles Lindbergh. He had already made a name for himself as a great supporter of aviation. [...]


[...] Then, she began designing her own line of clothes "for the woman who lives actively (Kate).'? Outside of flight suits, Amelia also took pride in dressing fashionably at formal occasions. She was very conscious of the image she portrayed to the public. She wanted to be a role model to the young girls of future generations, and modeled herself after someone who she would have admired in her own youth. Her clothes were marketed in 30 states at stores like Macy's in New York and Marshall Field's department stores in Chicago. [...]

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