There's a world of information about Amelia Earhart available online so I won't repeat her bio here. But one of the best things I found while researching her was a clip of her talking about the flight I wrote about in "What a Woman Can Do", when she became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic:
Here's more on that flight:
"On the morning of May 20, 1932, 34-year-old Earhart set off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to fly to Paris in her single engine Lockheed Vega 5B to emulate Charles Lindbergh's solo flight five years earlier. After a flight lasting 14 hours, 56 minutes during which she contended with strong northerly winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems, Earhart landed in a pasture at Culmore, north of Derry, Northern Ireland."
Her first flying teacher was Anita "Neta" Snook, and Earhart paid it forward by supporting other female pilots through her involvement with The Ninety-Nines, the now international organization of women in aviation.
Some quotes from her:
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
"Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others."
"Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price."