A Month of Awesome Women: Amelia Earhart

6 years ago

Every day in March 2011, we'll be talking about one awesome woman and why she's so powerful. Some will be well known; some may be new to you, so check out all the awesome women in the series now.


As someone who works in educational publishing, it's often my job to find a historical figure that will impress the kiddos. Most kiddos? They find history to be snoreboring. And I often agree with them. I had to read a book the other day for work that was about various presidents, and I found myself needing way more Diet Dew than necessary. But there is one woman I can always turn to for inspiration, excitement, and pure awe: Amelia Earhart.

Yes, I will admit that the most interesting thing about Earhart is that she disappeared. POOF. Gone. And that may be the only reason people still crave information about her to this day. I have enjoyed reading about the mystery over the years. But in all reality, the more I have learned about Earhart, the more fascinating her actual LIFE becomes. She was truly an amazing woman.

Not only did she insist on learning how to fly when it was a man's field, she went on to win derbies, races, and make trans-Atlantic flights. She not only endorsed products but actually used them and made sure they were worth her name. If Earhart had a blog, she would have been a marketing master. Some people might poo poo her for letting men take the reigns of her career, but we must remember the time period. I think she is to be commended for doing the best she could with what she had. She wanted something -- to fly -- and she got it. She did everything she could to achieve her dream.

I found out a few years ago that my mother's mother had met Amelia Earhart. Why didn't I know this? Why didn't I ask about it when she was alive? It's another personal Earhart mystery. If only I could go back in time to learn more. But I'm sure that when Gran met her, she didn't realize she was face to face with a living legend. Who could have possibly foreseen what would happen?

So in honor of this amazing woman, I give you these Amelia Earhart quotes to take with you throughout your day. Write them on a note card and tape them to your wall, computer, dashboard, or bathroom mirror. Then close your eyes, and fly....

  • "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."
  • "Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others."
  • "...now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what men have not done - thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action."
  • "Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying."
  • "In my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And, conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful 'break' was apt to lurk just around the corner."
  • "Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?"

Blondie writes at Tales From Clark Street.

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