When Amelia Earhart was born in 1897, women could not vote, men were legally entitled to their wive’s money and property, and nobody expected women to fly airplanes.
Amelia grew up in Kansas, raised by a mother who unashamedly declared that she had no interest in forming Amelia and her sister into “nice little girls.” Young Amelia shocked the neighbors by wearing bloomers instead of skirts and playing with katydids.
Amelia Earhart was not the first woman to fly airplanes, but she was the first to use her flying ability to gain celebrity status. She curled her naturally-straight hair to achieve a “windswept” look, posed for pictures in stances similar to those of famous aviator Charles Lindberg, and wasted no opportunity to cash in on her fame.
There are few among us who don’t know how this story ends; nonetheless, you may find yourself frantically turning the pages, invested in Amelia despite her flaws, and hoping against hope for a happy ending.