Amelia Earhart, like all amazing women who end up forcing their way into the history books (the only way to get there if you’re female is to literally break the mold and never, ever shut your mouth), defined the word ‘daring’ from the time she was a young girl until her very last days on earth.

Whether she was sledding off roofs, fighting for women’s rights, or, you know, piloting a plane around the world, Amelia Earhart could be counted on to go absolutely balls to the wall.

#7. She never quit.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Earhart had to attempt her famous circumnavigation more than once before finally accomplishing it, and when she disappeared, she was on her way to tackling her next feat.

#6. She survived the Spanish flu.

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100 million of the 500 million people who contracted the Spanish flu died…but not Amelia. She kicked its ass and dealt with the lasting sinus issues that plagued many of the survivors, as well.

#5. She set more than one record.

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In addition to being the first woman to fly solo around the world, Earhart also set records for altitude, multiple solo flights, as well as for speed and distance.

#4. She drove a truck to buy her own flight equipment.

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Once she knew she wanted to get in the air, she also worked as a stenographer and a photographer in order to pay for lessons and equipment to achieve her dreams.

#3. She might have survived her plane crash.

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We wrote about the latest evidence that Earhart actually landed her plane on or near a deserted island and survived for some time before succumbing to her injuries, the elements, or both.

#2. She worked as a magazine editor in her spare time.

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One look at Amelia Earhart and you can’t deny her fresh sense of style and confident sense of self – but when Cosmopolitan recruited her as one of their editors, it had nothing to do with women’s fashion. It was to encourage other women to explore the wonders of air travel.

#1. She paid it forward with other women.

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Not only did Earhart work with the Ninety-Nines, a group of female pilots that advanced the cause of women in aviation, but she also counseled women at Purdue University in an attempt to help them suss out their ideal career paths after graduation.

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