Zonta International Amelia Earhart Day
P R O C L A M A T I O N
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, the first woman to be awarded the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross and the first woman transatlantic passenger, and
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart made her record flight from Hawaii to California on January 11, 1935, January 11 has been designated Amelia Earhart Day by members of Zonta International, a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy, who have long recognized this woman of courage, character and culture, and
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart encouraged women to expand their horizons by exploring occupations and holding positions beyond those traditionally held by women, and
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart was a beloved member of Zonta International before she was lost in the Pacific on a flight attempting to circle the globe by air in 1937, and
WHEREAS, in 1938, a year after her disappearance, Zonta International established its annual Ph.D./doctoral degree fellowships for women conducting research applied to aerospace engineering and space sciences which since that time has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 Fellows representing 73 countries as a living memorial to her.
NOW, THEREFORE, we hereby recognize January 11 as Amelia Earhart Day in Zonta District 8.