By Helene McLaughlinEmail Author July 24, 2012 | 10:22 am
Amelia Earhart would have been 115 today had she lived through her ill-fated attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937. Earhart was the epitome of female inspiration in the face of seemingly impossible odds. While her disappearance remains a mystery, her iconic status still inspires women everywhere to break gender boundaries in pursuit of their dreams. Google has chosen to celebrate Earhart’s birthday with a Doodle befitting this impressive woman.
Born July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart grew up very different from other girls of the day. Her mother didn’t believe in raising “nice little girls,” and dressed her daughters in bloomers rather then skirts. Amelia was raised in an educated environment and taught that nothing was out of her grasp, even if she was a woman. An avid reader, homeschooled till the age of 12, Amelia proceeded unhappily through public school and into university, keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of women who succeeded in male-dominated fields such as law, medicine, and film. She never felt that she was challenged enough in the schools that she attended.
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