(CNN)Amelia Earhart was a trailblazing pilot and an OG girl-power icon who broke gender stereotypes along with aviation records.
The devil works hard, but she worked harder
She almost had a medical career
She broke lots of aviation records (or at least more than you and me)
She was all about girl power
There are many theories about what happened to her
- Her flight plan on her last fateful trip was from New Guinea to Howland Island, a tiny island in the central Pacific. But some suggest the aviator died as a castaway on another small island 350 miles south of Howland. This theory is backed up by the 1940 discovery of a human skeleton on the island, although there are disputes about whether the bones belonged to a woman or a man.
- Another prevailing theory is that she and Noonan were captured by the Japanese after landing in the Marshall Islands and died in captivity. The theory gained traction after an old grainy photo surfaced that appeared to show vague likenesses of Earhart and Noonan on a dock on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands. But many experts are skeptical.
- Then there’s the theory ignited by the 1970 book “Amelia Earhart Lives,” by Joe Klaas, who argues the aviator never actually died in 1937 but served as a spy during World War II. After the war, Klaas wrote, Earhart returned secretly to the US, changed her name and lived quietly as a New Jersey housewife named Irene Bolam. Yes, you heard that right. The theory lost some of its allure when the real-life Bolam — herself a pilot — denied the claims, sued the book’s publisher and won.
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