Updated: Sep 18, 2018
I first heard about this month's fearless personality in a social studies class in primary school. She was mentioned almost in passing , more famous for her disappearance than her actual accomplishments - a small footnote in American history. But to me, even then, her name - Amelia Earhart - and her attempt to circumnavigate the globe captivated me.
Growing up, I’ve always believed in pushing boundaries. This comes naturally, as it does to many creative people. So it’s no wonder I gravitated toward the story of Earhart and her background as a rule breaker. From a young age, she was encouraged to challenge social norms and break boundaries.
As a child, she was allowed to wear pants, instead of dresses, play in the dirt instead of stay tidy and speak her mind, even though it was not considered lady-like to do so. Many considered her and her sister “wild” and “unkempt” but their parents allowed them to live freely and without fear. It obviously had a great effect on the eldest sister, as she went on to go to college and helped as a nurses assistant during the first world war - something that was entirely frowned upon in the early part of the 20th Century.
Amelia's love of flying was much the same.
Earhart once said:
"Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?" - Amelia Earhart
Although many people know Earhart because of her disappearance in 1935, her legacy of breaking social constructs for women should not be forgotten.
She was an active advocate for women’s rights issues and she pursued this just as passionately as her aviation career. She often used her leverage as an accomplished pilot to push for women’s voting rights and more.
Even though we may never know what actually happened to Earhart, I am captivated by the legacy she left behind. That’s why this month she is our pick as a person who embodied the fearlessness we strive to achieve every day.
"No borders, just horizons – only freedom." - Amelia Earhart