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Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride each achieved major goals in fields that were traditionally reserved for men Amelia Earhart became the first woman in history to make a solo transcontinental flight in 1928 and Sally Ride became the first woman in space in 1983 After achieving these goals they each spoke to girls and women They encouraged them not to feel restricted by what society expected of them as women Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24 1897 in Atchison Kansas Her parents names were Edwin and Amy and she had a sister named Muriel Amelia was a tomboy when she was young She loved playing outdoors She was also interested in stories of women who combined marriage and career which was a rare occurrence at that time During World War One at the age of 20 Amelia served in a Voluntary Aid Detachment She loved flying but wartime restrictions prevented her from going up in the air Amelia knew that her goal in life was to become a pilot She chose a woman Neta Snook to teach her to fly Amelia felt that she would be less self-conscious learning from a woman She bought her own plane In 1928 Amelia rode on a transcontinental airplane flight The flight made her the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air In 1931 Amelia married George Palmer Putnam He was a publisher who promoted Amelias flights Amelia became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean on her own in 1932 The transatlantic flight marked the high point in Amelias accomplishments because it was a great step forward for women Margaret Dreier Robins of the Womens Trade Union League said Is it not in us in America to think that if one of us does something we can do it also From 1928 to 1937 Amelia promoted aviation to women She believed that women could play an important role in the
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