Flying Solo: Amelia Earhart’s Story

By Alana Modi

Amelia Earhart. First woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The first woman to fly above 14,000 feet. First-person to fly from the red sea to India.

Amelia Earhart was an ordinary person with extraordinary dreams allowing others of her gender to have dreams just as big. It was Amelia Earhart who opened the closed door for so many, many who feared not being respected if they closed their eyes and imagined their perfect world. During that time it was the social norm that caused many women to feel trapped, having to complete typical tasks that allowed them to showcase only one side. Women had so many ideas then but were constantly shut down just because of their gender. A stereotypical society was one that Amelia Earhart hated and she showed the world that just having one goal, something you enjoy doing, can change your life and the life of those who will one day look up to you. 

Amelia Earhart on Women’s Suffrage Poster

Amelia Earhart was passionate about flight and mesmerized by the idea of soaring thousands of feet above the ground, with her being in full control. It was her ambition and passion that allowed her to become so successful and without the combination of both, such heights could never have been achieved by her.

Earhart was very supportive, and a strong advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment. She never backed down from a few difficulties and wanted those all over the U.S. to be treated equally in their endeavors and whatever they hoped to do with life. Not only was Earhart a pilot and an advocate, but she was also an author, giving each individual the ability to read about her flights and the various experiences she went through when flying through the air. Every American was able to have her story in the palm of their hands, and just a flip of the page had the ability to open their minds to so much more.

During the time Amelia found interest in flying, planes and the act of flying were extremely new and many dangers were uncovered. None of the doubts or fears of others stopped her from flying the mechanism though. She was always a rough and rigid girl and even though she couldn’t financially pay for a plane of her own, she saved up for years and purchased her first plane in 1922, waiting for no one to set a new world record, with her aiming to be the first at anything and everything.

It is a strong yet vicious mindset we must all have in life to ensure that we are able to accomplish all that we hope, and though Amelia’s actions it was clear that we all should jump off a cliff at times because not attempting to fall can be more harmful than hiding in a corner. Today it is common to be able to travel across large bodies of water like the Atlantic or even Pacific, but during that time only one other person had flown solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and Earhart wanted to be the next. 

She was someone who made sure to have her importance be known and didn’t fail to teach so many girls about the possibilities that the world had in store for them. She was a woman who died doing something she loved with her plane disappearing in Howland Island on July 2, 1937. Even though her remains or the planes were never recovered it was clear to the world that she was a hero, raising generations of strong women who knew they could do anything they set their mind to.

Some of the most impactful and powerful people in the world do what they admire and learn from themselves and others around, but most importantly these people are their own heroes, someone who is able to admire their own actions above others. In life, it is certainly important to learn from others, but it’s more beneficial to observe yourself and become a role model for others. It can never be considered selfish if you chase after something you care about because, in the long run, it will be this chase that will guarantee victory for the entire community around. We all have the power to do anything and everything and it is this power that we must handle delicately every step of the way. Dare to dream, because that’s all it takes to live the most fulfilling life possible.

Alana Modi

Alana is a freshman, graduating in 2024. Her favorite book is Out of My Mind, and she likes writing about people’s personal ideas and opinions on things and interviewing them to get their scoop on various topics. Alana believes it is important to see other perspectives and grow from other's ideas and experiences.

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