DOZ Issue 40 February 2019 - Page 10

DOZ Leadership Lessons AMELIA EARHART Eturuvie Erebor A melia Earhart was without any doubt a very bold and courageous woman. She was the first woman to make a first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Her journey to becoming a pilot began as a child. She was fascinated by planes and loved airshows. Once, she visited an airshow with her family, and her father paid a pilot $10 to take her on a flight. As soon as the plane left the ground, Amelia knew without any doubt what her life purpose was. She wanted to fly airplanes. This was not a profession that readily welcomed women at the time, but that did not deter her, and neither did her family’s inability to afford the flying fees. She decided she would work to pay for her flying lessons. And that was what she did. Then she was chosen to be part of the Friendship Crew which made her the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Everyone was impressed and praised her for this feat, but Amelia let them know that she couldn’t take any credit for it as she hadn’t done any flying albeit she was already an accomplished pilot. The reason being she was not trained in instrument navigation. But as she had begun to take an interest in women’s issues and desired not only to be a voice for women but inspire women and girls by the feats she accomplished, she set for herself an ambitious DOZ Magazine | February 2019 goal to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She achieved this successfully but not without many troubles on the way all of which she was equipped for having prepared five years for the flight. This feat brought her greater recognition and indeed made her a voice for women. But then she was restless and soon set for herself a new challenge. This time it was a solo flight from Hawaii to California. Another pilot who had attempted it had been killed, but she went anyway having evaluated her chances of success to be fifty-fifty. It was a successful flight which brought her more recognition. She rechallenged herself, and this time it was from Los Angeles to Mexico and Newark. She made the trip successfully and once more her recognition grew as did her fans who were now in the habit of overcrowding her plane wherever she landed. Then she attempted a trip around the world. On this trip, she would fly to South America, Senegal, Calcutta, Asia and Australia, New Guinea, Howland Island, Hawaii and finally California. She never made it back home. Her plane went down, and she was never found. But she died doing what she loved. And lived as an inspiration to many women and remains an inspiration decades after her demise. 10