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Friday, November 9, 2012

Amelia Earhart: 75 Years of Mystery and Inspiration

This 1937 photo was analyzed by experts to reveal an object in the water, not easily visible at this scale, showing what might be the landing gear and a wheel from an aircraft. The possible debris is at the left, just below the island.
Photo: The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery

Many girls look up to famous women from history. They are usually women who have done something to inspire girls, or who have worked to make the world a better place. One of my favorite historical heroines is Amelia Earhart. I discovered her story for the first time in my school’s library as a second grader, and immediately became interested in her mysterious disappearance. She is a great role model for girls because she was not afraid to try new things, and to challenge what was expected of her. And who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery?

Throughout her life she received an education, excelled in science, and spent time volunteering as a nurse during World War I, not to mention her accomplishments as a female aviator. After setting out on an attempt to fly around the world in the summer of 1937, Amelia was never seen again. In October 1937 a photograph was taken which may show possible debris from her tragic airplane crash. 75 years later, people are still trying to figure out what happened to Amelia. Even with forensic evidence and dozens of scientists investigating the case, we might never know the truth.

It is important for girls to have someone like Amelia Earhart to look up to. Even though her tale ended tragically, the fact that so many people still care about that story all these decades later says something. Sure, you can admire a celebrity, but will people remember who they were or what they did 75 years after their death? It is unlikely. 

-Hillary Hanel
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc. 

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