...now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what men have not done--thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do.I was fascinated at her bravery, her determination, her verve. At the time, I didn't like to spend the night away from home, so her ability to fly solo off into the nearly-unknown made me a bit weak in the knees. And the thought of her crashing onto a remote island (or worse, into the ocean), was almost too much for me to bear thinking about.
One of my favorite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes aren't routine, often don't get a fair break... It has come down through the generations, an inheritance of age-old customs which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity.
My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes.
I can't help but wonder what would she have gone on to do with her life, had she been successful on her last voyage. Would she have truly retired into private life? Would she have continued to be an advocate for women in flight? Would she have come up with a brilliant new passion to follow?
We'll never know for sure, of course. But it's comforting to me to know that these many years later, she is still an evocative figure.
Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart!