International Women’s Day 2019: Amelia Earhart

Quite by coincidence, I stopped to admire a statue this afternoon:

Amelia Earhart_1

While I’ve driven past that statue/corner many times before, today I decided to stroll by and read the signs and found out it is not a tribute to some male surfer. Amelia Earhart! In North Hollywood!

I thought, “That would be a great post for International Women’s Day.” Then I looked it up to verify the date…. today?

Today!

Two things caught my attention. The first: the story of her fatal flight, combined with the history of her marriage to George Palmer Putnam and her thoughts on women taking on challenges. All three go hand-in-hand.

The second: That the adjacent library (re)named after Amelia contains a quote (by the library’s original namesake, purposefully discarded into time) that applies to her.

I am but a small-winged bird
But I will conquer the world.
~ Sidney Lanier

Other appropriate International Women’s Day Campfire Tales posts:

Wednesday Words on the Wild: Women

Sisters Are Doin’ It (For Each Other)

2 thoughts on “International Women’s Day 2019: Amelia Earhart

  1. That’s great! I love her characterization of her marriage as a “partnership with dual controls”
    A great analogy for a marriage! It only stays in flight if both pilots are on the same course!
    A double “like” if I could!

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    • Good catch, Gavin. There was more information presented than I showed, but I really liked how it was all written — she’s not the sum of one tragic incident (as we all think of her), but had a whole life of successful adventures and accomplishments; she’s a feminist, and expected women to be held to the same standards as men, and considered her marriage a partnership; she refused her eventual husband’s proposals five times before accepting (which I think shows a lot, as she clearly knew her own mind); etc.

      Point being, she’s fascinating and layered and even though I’ve always heard her touted as a hero, it’s not until seeing her presented as a real person first (before the “mythic” qualities) that I finally understand and totally agree.

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