#10 – Amelia Earhart
Known as the pioneer for women in aviation, Amelia Earhart was always a bit different than the rest when it came to her dreams and ambitions. Born in 1897, Earhart became fascinated with airplanes as travel by air gained popularity toward the beginning of the 20th century. With her sights set on a career in aviation, no one was surprised when Earhart leapt at the chance to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in a solo flight.
Funded by Purdue university’s aviation department in 1937, Earhart’s epic journey began with a single hope: to circumnavigate the entire globe. With the sky literally as the limit, the journey was much anticipated and widely covered as Earhart sought to make history. Tragedy soon struck, however, as the pilot and her plane went missing over the Pacific Ocean. With little in sight other than the nearby Howland Island, Earhart and her plane were forever lost, making this pioneer’s death one of the most tragic unsolved mysteries in world history.