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Why you’ve heard of Amelia Earhart, but no other great woman pilots

Lessons from a PR master
Published on Feb 2, 2016

We all know who Amelia Earhart is -- the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.Think for a moment about why you know that. You probably can't name the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, or the first woman to circumnavigate the entire planet in an airplane by herself. And Earhart not only had company on the flight across the Atlantic -- she didn't even fly the plane.So what's so special about Amelia? Why is her name an iconic one in America, and why don't we know who Geraldine Mock is with the same level of reliability and insight into her accomplishments? (She was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe alone in an airplane, incidentally.)Everett Historical / Shutterstock.comAt Inman Connect New York, Lion & Orb founder and public relations master Audie Chamberlain explained everything: We know Amelia Earhart's name because almost one hundred years ago, a publicist named George Putnam wanted her to be the face of modern aviation. He w...

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