What is it about Amelia Earhart that continues to inspire and intrigue so many? There have been a number of articles lately in honor of the 75th anniversary of her disappearance and, personally, I can’t get enough.
For me, her disappearance is not what interests me, but rather her remarkable life. I am interested in learning more about women throughout history who have bucked societal trends and accomplished great things. Why do we not learn more about these inspiring women in school?
I had a teacher in high school who made a point of teaching us about women’s history. I believe that she faced some challenges from the school administration and from other teachers and students as a result of this emphasis, but I have always appreciated the fact that she was willing to face those challenges in order to ensure that we learned about both the great men, and the great women in history. To this day, I would credit this teacher with helping shape my sense of right and wrong and understanding of social justice.
But what is it about Amelia Earhart that makes her so universally admired? It probably helps that she was not a political figure and did not politicize her activities, despite the fact that her very life challenged conventional paradigms.
But I think there is also something about the fact that she appeared to be fearless and we worship such bravery in this country. Many can understand that Eleanor Rossevelt, who is one of my heroes, was also required to be fearless in her activities. But Amelia Earhart’s brand of fearlessness, being willing to risk her life to acomplish something that had not been done before, was something that eveyone, men and women, could relate to.
I am glad that Amelia Earhart is so celebrated and the more I read about her, the more fascinated I grow. And, I hope that more women heroes in our history are recognized for their bravery and sacrifice.
What do you think? Did you learn about women’s history in school? Why do you think this is the case? Why do you think Amelia Earhart is so celebrated? Who are some of your female heroes in history?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for reading!