She flew into our consciousness as an adventurous aviatrix flying in the face of convention. To save up for her first flying lessons, Amelia Earhart worked as a photographer, stenographer, and truck driver. She wasn't grounded for long: The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic set several women's speed and distance records in aviation, sometimes in a red single-engine Lockheed Vega dubbed "old Bessie, the fire horse."
A trendsetting celebrity and author of two books, Earhart also supported the wings of others as a charter member (and later president) of The Ninety-Nines
, an organization for the advancement of female flyers. During a historic attempt to circumnavigate the globe, Earhart disappeared in the Pacific, forever shrouding her in a cloud of mystery. Similar Names:
For monikers trailing in –ia
, try Cordelia, Anastasia, Olivia, Celia, Julia, Lucia, Maria, Natalia, Amalia, Sonia, Thalia, Tania, Virginia, Valeria, Yesenia, and Zaria. (Want it shorter? Try Kia, Lia, Mia, Tia, or Ria. Or sub the i
for a y
, as in Rya.) More Sky Sisters:
Maria Mitchell, Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Sally K. Ride, Ellen Ochoa