Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Her father was a lawyer for a railroad company, a job which required frequent moving, and so Amelia Earhart and her sister lived with grandparents until Amelia was 12. She then moved around with her parents for some years, until her father lost his job due to a drinking problem.
At age 20, Amelia Earhart, on a trip to Toronto, Canada, volunteered as a nurse’s aide at a military hospital, part of the World War I war effort. She made several tries at studying medicine and she worked at other jobs including social work, but after she discovered flying, that became her passion.
Amelia Earhart’s first flight was at an airshow with her father, which motivated her first to learn to fly — her teacher was Neta Snook, the first woman instructor to graduate from the Curtiss School of Aviation.
Amelia Earhart then bought her own plane and began to set records, but sold the plane to drive East with her newly-divorced mother.