So here we are in 2013, a world where women are celebrated for a month instead of one day and a world in which President Obama recently signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women fight back against pay discrimination. I like what Martin Luther King, Jr. said- “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated Individuals.”
This message is a nice segue into the following writers who I think have made their mark on the world changing it forever. The following author list is based upon what was of interest to me in a particular times in my life. I’ve included the authors, the book or writing that impacted me the most, relevant screen or stage adaptations, and recent accolades. What are some authors or books that have changed you or you think changed the world?
During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
In 2002, Sally Putnam Chapman the granddaughter of Earhart's husband, George Putnam, donated 492 items – including rarely seen personal and private papers, such as poems, a flight log and a prenuptial agreement – to Purdue Libraries' Earhart collection.
On the morning of their wedding on February 7th, 1931, Amelia Earhart wrote the following letter and saw that it was hand delivered to her publicist and fiancé, George Putnam — a determined man who had recently received a "yes" following his sixth marriage proposal to the world-famous aviator. Giving that answer had clearly been incredibly difficult for Earhart, and as a result she chose at the last minute to formally clarify a few points on paper and essentially announce the beginning of a yearlong trial marriage. Of course Putman agreed. This letter fascinates me and reminds me that Earhart was truly a woman before her time.