Amelia Earhart Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Charles Kinney, Jr.
In this lesson you will learn about the incredible bravery and adventures of Amelia Earhart, the first woman who flew across the Atlantic Ocean alone and almost flew around the world.

A Hard Life for Women 100 Years Ago

There was a time when women in the U.S. could not work where they wanted to work, or even vote. Some people thought women were not equal to men; others just didn't want women to vote or work at 'men's' jobs - like being an airplane pilot. In fact, women didn't get the right to vote in the United States until 1920. Many things have changed for women over the years, and some of those changes are thanks to a woman named Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was born in 1897 and grew up in Kansas. When she was a girl, Amelia loved being outside and doing things like climbing trees and sledding. These were not things people thought a girl should be doing. Amelia even wore pants to play in when most girls only wore dresses. Amelia grew up free and was taught to think for herself.

How Did Amelia Became a Pilot?

Planes a hundred years ago were not like planes today. There were no flight attendants, no movies and no food. In fact, the first planes were open-air crafts - they didn't have windows or even a roof, and people had to wear seat belts to keep from falling out. Most planes could only hold one or two people. People would take their planes and offer rides to people for a small amount of money.

Amelia did many things before becoming interested in flying. She studied medicine and how to fix things. After her first ride on a small plane, she knew she did not want to do anything else. She worked very hard doing small jobs until she had saved up enough money to become a pilot. Finally, in 1923, Amelia became one of the first female airplane pilots

Amelia gets ready to take off.

Amelia Flies Across the Atlantic, Twice

Amelia was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canada to England in 1928. Although she was a passenger on this flight - she did not fly the plane herself - when she landed in England, she was a hero. There was a big parade in New York City, and Amelia even met the President, Calvin Coolidge.

She became very famous for flying as well as the books she wrote about flying. To make money to fly, she even sold clothes and suitcases for women so they could be active and independent as well. Amelia worked hard to help other young women go to school. She encouraged women to be pilots, or anything else they wanted to be.

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