Today in Feminist History: Where is Amelia Earhart? (July 2, 1937)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.

July 2, 1937: Where is Amelia Earhart?

PHOTO: Earhart & Noonan taking off from Lae, New Guinea, yesterday morning.

The question that may have been first asked this morning near Howland Island by the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca’s chief radio operator, Leo Bellarts, is being asked worldwide tonight.

Having completed all but three hops of their around the world flight, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had been spending time in Lae, New Guinea, anxiously waiting to depart, originally hoping to make it back to the U.S. by Independence Day. As Earhart put it in her latest dispatch,…

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