The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process is its own reward.Amelia Earhart
Today is the 125th birthday of Amelia Earhart, a pioneering aviator, who still occupies a mythical place in the public imagination exactly 80 years after her enigmatic disappearance while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.
Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and her legendary accomplishments are the very definition of bravery and of a person who refused to let fear and hardship stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Earhart broke record after record in her quest to prove that women could achieve the same heights as men in a time when the skies—both literally and figuratively—were thought to be the preserve of men. Earhart, who received her pilot’s license in 1923 at the age of 26, was just the 16th woman in history to do so. She gained notoriety after becoming the first woman and the first person to fly over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans five years later.
Early on, she discovered a love of exploration, and starting in her twenties, she steadily gained flying experience. Earhart set a world record for female pilots on October 22, 1922, when she piloted the Airster to a height of 14,000 feet (4,300 m). She flew a Pitcairn PCA-2 autogyro and achieved an altitude record of 18,415 feet (5,613 m) in 1931. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the Atlantic alone.
Earhart died while carrying out her passion. Although the precise circumstances of her death and disappearance are still unknown, it is certain that she lived a life dedicated to following her dreams and acting as a strong role model for other women.