New Exhibition Features Portraits of the Acclaimed Aviator
The exhibition curator is Frank H. Goodyear III, associate curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery.
The exhibition focuses not only on Amelia Earhart's career as a female pilot, but also on her role as a woman’s rights activist. She was a prolific writer and proponent of women in the workforce and some of her writing is on display—she contributed to Cosmopolitan and wrote several books. The objects in the exhibition are portraits (mostly photographs), a sampling of her writing, artifacts associated with her flying experience and an A/V kiosk, which includes audio of Amelia talking about a flight.
“Amelia Earhart’s impact on American culture extends beyond her record-setting aviation feats,” said Martin Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “She was also an advocate for aviation and women and championed the first commercial airlines. Now we take for granted the convenience of air travel and equal rights for all, but in the 1920s and ’30s these positions reflected the ideals of a bold visionary.”
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