Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart Day, is today, January 11.

To quote Amelia Earhart: “Women should do for themselves what men have already done – occasionally what men have not done – thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do.”

Zonta International was the only non-flying organization that Amelia joined in her short, intense life. She had been a member of the Zonta Club of New York, USA, since 1930 when she disappeared on July 2, 1937 while attempting to be the first pilot to circle the world by air at the equator. The following year, Zonta International vowed to honor her memory with a scholarship for women graduate students in engineering. There were very few women pursuing advanced postgraduate degrees in that field, and the women of Zonta in 1938 wanted to encourage women to think big and participate in this exciting new field.

Amelia Earhart’s words are equally true today, “…encouraging other women toward greater independence…” Though her time with us was short and her last days filled with more question than answer, Amelia is an inspiration to us all. Women encouraging women is incredibly powerful! Consider how you can Be An Encouragement Today!

The Zonta Club of Springfield strongly supports Project Woman and is a partner in our Advocacy efforts. For more information about Zonta’s local and international efforts you can find their partner link on our webpage or go directly to

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