Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to attempt a non-stop flight around the world. Amelia Earhart had a rough childhood. Her father was an alchohalic, and her mother left Amelia when she was 17. Amelia's grandmother, whom she was named after, died the same year, which took a toll on Amelia. She treasured her grandmother. By the time Amelia was 22, she had joined the war effort and took great pride in healing British and French soldiers in Toronto. When she was 23 she decided to leave Columbia University to try and help her parents hold together their marriage. At the age of 24 Amelia took her first airplane ride, and also got her National Aeronautical Association license that year. By 26 she was performing at Glendale Airport in the Air Rodeo. Amelia also received her pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale at 26. In 1924 Amelia's parents divorced, despite her efforts. She continued to be fascinated by the possibilities of flight. Come along and learn what motivated Amelia to attempt an around-the-world flight!