Monday, April 29, 2013

Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937)

Amelia Earhart - photo by Steven Fadellin

"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 change and control your life; and the procedure, the process its its own reward."

Amelia Earhart, a daring pilot and creative author, gets respect from us here at Wall of Femmes. Earhart was strong in her convictions and defied conventional gender stereotypes by challenging many obstacles that she encountered in her life. She supported other female pilots, believing that women must work together to counter gender discrimination. Earhart saw aviation as liberating for women, and with her courageous ideas and life, she remains to have an impact on women's history today. 

"Amelia Earhart was tied for first place in the inaugural 1929 Women's Air Derby going into the final leg of the race. Just as she was preparing to takeoff from the runway, however, she noticed that something was wrong--the plane in front of her hit a tractor while it was taking off, and fell nose-first into the ground, where it burst into flames and subsequently exploded. With the clock ticking on the final stage of this super-imporant race, Earhart did the one thing any real badass with nerves of steel would have done--she stopped her plane, jumped out of the cockpit, ran through the flames, and pulled the helpless pilot to safety. As soon as she confirmed that the somewhat-scorched woman she just dragged from the jaws of death was conscious and breathing, Earhart jumped BACK into the plane, took off, and finished the race. She came in third; not too bad considering that she had to make a little detour to save someone's life in the process." (For an entertaining read, check out more Earhart on Badass of the week!)

"In her short time doing ridiculous insane shit in the skies over the planet Earth, Amelia Earhart was totally awesome. She kicked ass at a time when "proper women" weren't supposed to be allowed to kick ass, she gave the finger to anybody who told her what to do, and she is still remembered as the most popular and well-known female aviators of all time." (Badass of the week)

Since putting up the Earhart stencil in the streets, the stencil has garnered a response, "World was amazing with you // Keep flying" -- We think so too!

And, we completely agree, Amelia, "adventure is worthwhile in itself."

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