At Whole Woman’s Health, our mission is larger than healthcare – we are here to make the world a better place for the women we know now and those who will follow in our footsteps. We honor women’s voices and stories and know they are an important part of our history.
In our offices, we have named each room in the facility after a woman we admire – so instead of having your pap smear in Exam Room #1, you can have it in the Eleanor Roosevelt room. Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart also has a room named after her.
Earhart’s name has been in the news recently, as another piece to her life’s puzzle may have been discovered.
Earhart took her first solo flight in 1921, and was asked in 1928 to join two pilots on a flight to England, making her the first woman to cross the Atlantic by plane.
In 1932, she flew over the Atlantic on her own, and set a record of doing it in 13 hours and 30 minutes. Years later, she became the first woman to make the flight from Hawaii to California.
In June 1937, Earhart began what was to be her final flight. Along with navigator Fred Noonan, they set out in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra in an attempt to fly around the world. However, after departing Lae, New Guinea for Howland Island, the U.S. Coast Guard lost contact with the plane. They received a final message on July 2 at 8:45 a.m., and Amelia’s tone was described as frantic. The United States Navy searched extensively but never found a trace of the aviators or the plane.
Last week, the History Channel aired “Amelia Earhart: Finding the Lost Evidence”, which suggests she may have been captured by the Japanese after a newly-unearthed photograph from the National Archives showed what researchers claim are the pilot and her navigator in Jaluit Harbor in the Marshall Islands after their disappearance.
The photo, which is difficult to see given its age, shows two figures resembling Earhart and Noonan. In the far background, there appears to be a barge carrying the remains of a crashed aircraft.
While there are still other theories about Earhart’s final days, the photograph is some of the most exciting evidence to come from this cold case in years.
No matter what, Earhart’s legacy will continue to be one of bravery and courageousness, and for that, she will always be someone we look up to.