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June 1, 2016

Amelia Earhart: A Woman who Reached Great Heights

As a toast to week two of Women’s History Month, we asked some of our Book Clubs team to share their thoughts on the wonderful Amelia Earhart:

Even as a third grader, I was proud to be a woman. When it was time to do book reports or choose biographies to read, I inevitably gravitated toward great women in history like Elizabeth Blackwell, Marie Curie, Queen Elizabeth I, or most notably, Amelia Earhart. Amelia was the one that stuck with me.


Not because I was particularly interested in flying—I’m not—or because I thought she was incredibly brave—she was—but because she literally sat in my childhood bedroom until last weekend. You see, instead of choosing to write a traditional book report in third grade, I created dioramas to tell the story of Amelia’s life. But once the presentation was done and the grade was in, I couldn’t part with those shoeboxes decorated with colored paper, glue, and cotton balls. So Amelia earned herself a permanent place in my room, on the highest bookshelf, where I could watch her swingIng in her airplane suspended in cotton-ball clouds.

—Erin Hotchkiss


Amelia Earhart was born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Growing up she was constantly set back by her father’s financial problems, which forced the family to move often. These challenges only fueled Earhart’s ambitions and she studied successful women who had defied the limits of the male-dominated workforce. She took up a broad spectrum of jobs that earned her the money she needed for her first flying lessons. She braved rigorous and dangerous working conditions, as well as doubt and apprehension. On October 22, 1922, Earhart broke her first world record, flying at 14,000 feet as a female pilot. She also continued to pursue a career as a teacher, writer, and activist. She devoted much of her effort to promoting female aviation and advancing the field. She became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928 and her recognition became more widespread, connecting her with other important women such as Eleanor Roosevelt.

Earhart is a key figure of Women’s History Month because her determination, advocacy for change, and bravery paved the way for so many other influential women. She did not allow society to determine her future or her career but instead followed her heart and pursued her passion, while educating others about her experiences and beliefs. Her determination to follow her dreams as well as her significant contribution to the campaign for women’s equality has inspired many other women to take career risks and break convention.
—Sarah Katz

To learn more about Amelia Earhart, check out these awesome reads being offered this month! Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World, Amelia Earhart: Adventures in the Sky (available in the Women in History Pack), and Young Amelia Earhart (available in the Young Biography Pack).

Erin Hotchkiss is a merchandising manager for Storia, Scholastic’s eReading app, but she thinks maybe she’s missing her calling as a diorama artist.

Sarah Katz is a global liberal studies major at New York University and currently interns in our Book Clubs division.




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