Earhart still influences women 75 years later
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GLENVILLE, N.Y. -- The Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville hosts a special exhibit to commemorate Amelia Earhart. Earhart was the first female to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. Widely regarded as a feminist icon, she was also dedicated to the advancement of women in aviation.
While attempting to fly around the world, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean at the age of 39. Since than, many books, movies and museums have attempted to keep her legacy alive. The exhibit includes a mock Lockheed 10 Electra, which is what Earhart was flying when she disappeared. Organizers credit Earhart for changing the way women looked at their roles in society.
"It was great for the women's movement, for young ladies of the world to know they didn't just have to be homemakers, and sew and cook," said Marion Grimes, of Zonta International.
Grimes said Earhart was actually scheduled to teach flight classes at Purdue University once she returned from that fateful, final trip.