26. Amelia Earhart: America's Lost Heroine

There is perhaps no greater mystery in the of American history as that of the Amelia story. Earhart's story is one of controversy, and . She was an accomplished aviator, the first woman fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. She accomplished during a time when women were not highly in the United States. American women during the did not have the same advantages men had. were few employment opportunities. Educated women were a . Women who did find employment during this era working as grade-school teachers, nannies, and maids for most part. Amelia Earhart did a lot to that perception.

Although Earhart was born into a that did see financial success, but that success fleeting. There were times in her life when family struggled to make ends meet because of money management. Earhart was home schooled for most her life, and she gained her pilots license an early age. In December of 1920, Earhart's took Amelia to an airshow in Long Beach, . This is where she first became interested in . After earning her aviator's license, she accomplished a that only a few men had ever done: solo across the Atlantic. She earned national fame this and was soon a household name.

Tragically, was lost in attempt to fly around the in 1937. She was never found. The theories how she met her end are countless. Many she fell victim to the Japanese prior to start of World War II. This thinking was in the idea that Earhart was a spy. outlandish theories include alien kidnapping, but most likely had mechanical difficulties flying over the Pacific Ocean. was either killed instantly, or survived, according to popular theory, and lived out her days on deserted island.