This past weekend, I had a family reunion. On one of the rare, quiet mornings, a family member and I were enjoying some time reading on the deck in the sun. We exchanged book titles and I explained that I was finally getting to a book I had wanted to read for quite some time, Three-Eight Charlie about the first woman to fly solo around the world: Jerrie Mock.
"Amelia Earhart didn't do that? That's the only female pilot I know of," he responded.
I chuckled, used to people only knowing about Amelia Earhart, a woman pilot who had achieved many great things, but so often spreads a shadow over her amazing female pilot counterparts. I politely explained Amelia's accomplishments compared to Jerrie's then continued on with my reading. Later, however, it got me thinking how I can't stand it bothers me when people call me "Amelia" or how often remarkable women of aviation's past are forgotten in exchanged for the mystery of the missing Amelia.
I would like to challenge my readers to comment below and share:
1. a present female pilot they admire
2. a past female pilot who would make a good role model for future women pilots
3. if you are a female pilot, tell us a bit more about your aviation journey
4. Share this post to keep the comments growing
With just a moment of your time by posting a comment below, maybe we can open the world's eyes to a few more women pilots!