MISSARTEMISS MUSE: Amelia Earhart.
How the Queen of the Air defied social constraints to conquer the skies.
MISSARTEMISS celebrates the courage and adventurous spirit of the female trailblazer, Amelia Earhart. A true MISSARTEMISS Muse.
One hundred years ago, it wasn’t so easy for a girl to choose her own path in life. In the spring of 1917, Amelia Earhart, was mentioned in her high school yearbook as, "the girl in brown who walks alone”. And in many ways, it remained true throughout her life. Save for the walking part, of course.
As we now well know, Amelia Earhart was all about flying, preferably solo.
She’d always been different, see. She had spent her childhood collecting bugs, hunting rats, dare-devil sledding, and engaging in other exploratory pursuits unbecoming a young lady.
Her mother, who didn’t care much about convention herself, allowed Amelia and her sister, a couple of tomboys, to wear bloomers for full freedom on their outdoor adventures.
All the while, Amelia kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about women who had successfully navigated male-dominated fields. Armed with this inspiration, on a visit to an airfield in Long Beach, California, an aviator gave Amelia a ride.
That was that. From then on, flying was her thing.
After extensive training and grueling hardwork Amelia launched a much lauded career in aviation.
She broke a series of flying records:
First woman to fly at 14,000 feet in 1922
First woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928
First woman to fly across the North American continent and back in 1928
World altitude record in 1931
First woman (and second person) to fly across the Atlantic solo in 1932
First person to fly solo from Hawaii to California in 1935.