Amelia Earhart has become an American mystery. She was born in 1897, and was an author and pilot. She was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and she received the Distinguished Flying Cross for setting this record. She set many more records and wrote numerous books about her experiences as a pilot. She helped form the Ninety-Nines, which is an organization for female pilots. She counseled women on careers and helped to inspire others with her love for aviation while on staff at Perdue University. She was also a member of the National Women’s Party and supported the Equal Rights Amendment.
In 1937, Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe. During the flight, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continued to this day.