Female Aviation Pioneer: Amelia 'Lady Lindy' Earhart

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Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in her grandmother's house in Atchison, Kansas. Amelia's grandparents were well-off and Amelia spend much of her early life in their home. Amelia's mother, also named Amelia but known simply as "Amy" was married to Edwin Earhart, who had problems alcohol though he dreamed of creating a stable home for his family. The Earhart's also had another daughter, Grace Amelia's younger sister. Amelia lived with her grandparents until she was 10-years-old when she went back to live with her mother and father; however, her father still struggled with keeping a job. Because of his problems with work, the Earhart family moved around a lot and Amelia ended up going to many different schools. After graduation, Amelia volunteered to be a nurse's aid for the Red Cross and this is where she first came into contact with pilots wounded pilots returning from World War I. Amelia developed a great respect for those pilots. In 1919, Amelia attended Columbia University to study medicine, however, she left Columbia just a year later to be with her parents in California. In 1920, Amelia went to an air show in Long Beach, California that would forever change her life and the world! Amelia went up in a plane and decided then and there after the short ride that she wanted to become a pilot. Amelia worked hard in different jobs to be able to afford flying lessons. She took lessons from another female pilot, Anita "Neta" Snook. Just a year later, in 1921, Amelia

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