Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24th, 1897. From the very beginning, she defied gender roles; she played basketball, took a course on auto repair and attended college. During the World War 1, she served as a Red Cross nurse, aiding in Toronto, Canada. She began to spend time watching pilots in the Royal Flying Corps train at a local airfield while in Toronto.
Post the war, when she returned to the United States, she enrolled at the Columbia University in New York as a pre-med student. She took her first plane ride in California in December 1920 with pilot Frank Hawks, and she was hooked to this ever since.
In January 1921, she started flying lessons, under the guidance of Neta Snook. Later in the year she purchased her own, second-hand airplane, Kinner Airster and called it the Canary. She passed her flight test in December 1921, earning a National Aeronautics Association license. Two days later, she participated in her first flight exhibition at the Sierra Airdrome in Pasadena, California.
She became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the United States mainland. She was also the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. During a flight to circumnavigate the globe, she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in July 1937. The plane wreckage was never found and she was officially declared, lost at sea. This disappearance remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Shocking, to see the loss of a woman with such talent, during those times.