Solving the Case of What Happened to Amelia Earhart: America’s Favorite Female Pilot

Becoming a National Hero

When Earhart returned from her famous trip, she was welcomed home by a massive parade in New York City. And if that wasn’t enough, Congress also presented her with a Distinguished Flying Cross; the first ever given to a woman.


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Amelia made an impact not just on her accomplishment but for women. “She has succeeded in proving that the flight is not beyond the knowledge and the capacity for sustained endurance which a woman can acquire,” the Manchester Guardian wrote.

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