Remembering two influential women today:
Today is Amelia Earhart’s birthday, and Google is celebrating with an image in her honor. She grew up in Kansas and was known as a tomboy. As a young girl she kept a scrapbook of different women who were making waves in all different fields. She worked as a nurse’s aide in Canada during WW1 and eventually earned enough money for flying lessons. She bought her first plane, a yellow biplane she named “Canary”, became the first woman to fly to 14,000 feet and in 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For her 40th birthday she embarked on a journey to travel around the world and disappeared in 1937, which today is what she is remembered for in addition to her legacy as a feminist, advocating that women should “break out of their shells and do more.”
Another remarkable woman’s life is remembered today. Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space, passed away on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Obama recognized her as a national hero and a powerful role model, inspiring generations of young women to “reach for the stars”. Watch the video here of Ride talking about her historic flight.
Uh-oh Euro: The Euro hit a two-year low today as the global stock markets fell. Madrid is drawing closer to a full-scale bailout and Greece’s membership in the euro zone is at risk as its finances are way off the rescue package terms.
Patent War: The Apple and Samsung patent war has resulted in the ban of multiple tablets and smartphones around the world, and it’s looking like Samsung is due to pay Apple about $2.5 billion.
In lighter news and for a few laughs, David Beckham surprised fans at a Westfield mall in Stratford City. The video proves that Beckham can even “make grown men blush.”