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Helen Richey

Why Celebrating Amelia Earhart Sends the Wrong Message to the Women of Tomorrow

  • 4 min read

Today is Amelia Earhart’s birthday. She is remembered because she was lost.

I have a bone to pick with Amelia.

Not because she disappeared, but because while she was with us she gave the worst possible advice to a young girl thinking of a future career in aviation: “perfect yourself in secretarial work and obtain a position on the ‘fringes,’relying on your ability and desire in order to succeed.”

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