A stunt pilot’s tricks at a state fair first flickered Amelia Earhartt’s interest in flight. The buzz of the plane as it zoomed past spoke to her. Sometimes your passion finds you when you’re least expecting it. Then you have to chase it down, no matter the cost, to satisfy the itch it leaves within you.
The things Amelia Earhart accomplished would have been respectable even if she had been a man. But the obstacles that she conquered to get where she did as a woman are downright impressive! Growing up, Amelia kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about notable women who were successful in male dominated fields. Hopefully this blog can be much like that collection for many women out there who are striving for excellence in their work. Take cues from those around you. Learn from them and appreciate the road they’ve bled to pave for those who follow.
In times when flying across the globe happens everyday and GPS is readily available, it may be hard to wrap your mind around how daring and dangerous Amelia’s flights were. She set countless records in her plane, beating men and women pilots alike.
In her final letter to her husband, she wrote these words about her attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world. “Please know I am quite 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 but a challenge to others.”
The challenge has been set, ladies. Are you up for it?
This halloween, dressing up as someone aspirational can help get you in the mindset for doing great things. Dig around. Find someone who inspires you. Learn about them and learn from them. After all, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
See how you can dress as Amelia here: Women’s Weathered Wildwood Jacket, Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungaree, Carhartt Women’s Hats, Boyne Neck Scarf, Women’s Hamilton Flannel Shirt, Women’s Clarkston Cami, & Wellington Boots. (to add another element, I used an old pair of ski goggles to look like her flying gear)