Amelia turns career pilot

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THE OGDEN STANDARD EXAMINER^-SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 17,1936 REER PILOT Miss Earhart, now advising the girls at Purdue, tells them to enter some field they like and then, if they find something that looks more interesting, to make a change, by all means in Amelia Earhart chats with admiring co-eds on the Purdue campus. She began her own career as a war nurse Canada, and planned to be a doctor. Then, in California, aviation interested her, and Frank Hawks gave her her first plane ride-- and she wound up by becoming the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic. By Helen WelsMmer T HE term, "woman's, work," has no place in the advice that Amelia Ear: Ear: hart, America's far-sighted and . fearless fearless airwoman, gives to the girls at Purdue Purdue University who consult her about their careers. If you want to try a certain job--try it, she says. If, you find something tomorrow that looks like more fun--make the change. What does it matter if you are the first woman who ever felt an urge in that direction? After all, Miss Earhart was the first aviatrix to put her hand on the controls and head out across the Atlantic. This being barred from Ohio coal mines and jury service in 44.states because one is a woman woman is so much bunk! When Amelia Earhart, who, in private life, is Mrs. George Palmer Putnam--for careers .and marriage go together, both in theory and practice with her--consented to devote part oi her time as consultant in aviation at Purdue University, she also promised to double as consultant consultant in careers for women. She prepared, with the help of Dr. Harriet O'Shea oi Purdue, Purdue, questionnaires which she submitted to the Purdue girls. She held conferences and offered offered advice. Despite this, she still feels that there is probably probably no way yet discovered for women or men ID know if they have done right by their lives until they are about 85--and even then they can't be sure that something else might not have been more fun. «T)ROBABLY people with an outstanding ·"· talent or genius, such as Lily Pons, couldn't do anything but follow their natural bent." she suggests. "They oust know that they are in the right profession. The rest of us can't judge until we take a backward look in old age. "We must have a background of experiences against which to make comparisons. Even at 85. we can't be sure that something else would not have "been more to our liking. We never know at what minute 'we will run into something something that will appeal to us more strongly than the thing"that we--are'doing. ' "Certainly if men' : arid' women are very unhappy unhappy in the work'they are doing, they know- definitely that they' are 'misfits. If they ..are happy, it doesn't ; mean that they couldn't be happier." · · Purdue recently "established a "flying laboratory" laboratory" tor' Miss Earhart. A twin-motored, high- speed plane equipped with all the latest aids to flight is being built for her use, arid pioneering aviation experiments -- as well, possibly, as a flight around I hr world,--are expected to follow. : Meanwhile Miss Earhart is 'deeply interested in her work as consultant to Purdue's women. "1 feel that education fails to discover individual individual aptitudes soon enough." she asserts. "1 hope that the time will come soon when psychologists psychologists and psychiatrists will be able to determine determine a child's; bent in the pre-school age. Then he won't waste so much time studying and working at the wrong things. "I don't mean by the last that people should study only subjects related to their future business, business, interests, even if they could be determined. Such a process would be hopelessly narrowing. Quite the contrary is true. Very often an individual's individual's cultural development makes him successful successful and content in his chosen field. "The waste effort is apparent when a student student muddles along in college learning to be a lawyer, say, because his family wishes, when he has an engineering mind. If he keeps up his grades';'.in his classes, usually no one makes an effort to ascertain ascertain his fitness to carry on the work he is doing--not that the study of law would be wasted in the case cited, but it might bring less of ultimate ultimate '.happiness than if another choice had been made. "As matters now stand, experience experience seems to be the most potent potent determining factor in choice of careers, and boys and girls can't acquire that until college is over. Then it doesn't matter much what they do at first. Eventually, perhaps, college will be attended after a few years of business, not before." T HE philosophical aspects, not .the practical ones, are Miss Earhart's fields in her capacity at Purdue as consultant in-careers for women. "The girls want specific advice. advice. Therefore, I stress the tact that training must be fundamental, since we live in an industrial world. Ninety-two per cent of the, Purdue girls who answered the questionnaire wished to find gainful gainful occupations. Purdue is a. technical school and these girls are there for.definite training. Therefore, I cannot say that they are representative representative of all American^ college girls. t "I advise them all to identify themselves with some 'form of economic activity. 1 believe that a girl should not do what she thinks .she should do, but should find out through experience what she wants to do. For that reason 1 ask the girls to measure themselves against others who are earning their living. I endeavor to find out ' w h y girls s e l e c t - p a r t i r u l a i subjects for. study, what other interests they have, and to let them. see what other, women are doing in these va-, rious fields. . "I endeavpr to help them understand that it is just as important to give work to women as men, for they have an equal need for mental stimulus and feeling of accomplishment and economic independence. "I believe that a man and woman, who are married, should each have home responsibilities and should each contribute to the income. In that way a woman will understand a man's business business difficulties and he will get a better comprehension comprehension of her household griefs. As it is, children often see too much of their mothers and not enough of their fathers. This situation should be equalized. "After all. times are changing and women need the critical stimulus of competition outside outside of the home." sible to bounce out of college into one's life work," the aviatrix continues.. Miss Earhart's own life is a perfect example of her philosophy. " "I was a volunteer nurse in the World War in Canada," she explains. "I grew so interested "in medicine. I wanted to be a physician, so I enrolled at'Columbia University where I' took my premedics. "In the summer of 1920 I went to.Califor- nia. I was drawn to airplanes which were beginning beginning to be seen rather frequently then. I decided that 1 wanted to take a ride in one. Frank Hawks lured .me into his plane for my first hop and I knew immediately I had to learn to fly." ' Therefore, she didn't enroll at Columbia that autumn. Instead she got a job as a filing clerk with the Los Angeles Telephone Company. "1 spent what I made, as I lived at home, ih buying flying time. Every week I took lessons. lessons. I wasn't looking forward to a career Amelia Earhart at one of the conferences in which she tells Purdue girls how to select and prepare for their careers. TPHERE are three points that Miss Earhart ··· stresses. First, a girl must believe'in herself as an individual. Secondly, she must realize that a woman must do the'sam job'better'than" a man to get as much credit for it; and.thirdly. she must be aware of the various · discriminations, discriminations, both legal and traditional, against women in the business world. After that, it is up to experience and ability to help her. "It doesn't matter at all what one does after leaving college, for the business world will- bring out one's aptitudes. It is' almost impos- XOopyrtirJit. in aviation. As it happened, flying did turn 'into a career, if you can call it that" Miss Earhart, in going on from one interest to another until she found the one for which she is eminently equipped, illustrates her own philosophy. H OWEVER', occasionally somebody has- an urge that stands by him to the exclusion of all else, "You always wanted to write?" she asked. . "You -wrote birthday rhymes.- for people as a .child?. You got a newspaper job after college and you've stayed with it and not been 'sorry? Then you are in the right field." The girls at Purdue were given various groups of questions. Here, for' example, are some of the important ones: If you are planning to work, what is your reason for doing so? a. Economic necessity-- b. The family expects it-- c. To attain personal independence-d. independence-d. To get luxuries that could not otherwise be had-e. had-e. To have something to do-- f. To achieve professional success (to have the mental stimulus of accomplishing something)-- something)-- g. Other reasons-How reasons-How did you choose your career? a. Liking for the field-- b. A brother or sister or another close relative relative engaged in the same work-- c. The family decided it-d. it-d. Liked a former teacher in the field-e. field-e. An idea "that it was a good field for a woman"-- f. "Could not think of anything else to do"-- g. Other reasons-Here, reasons-Here, as is plainly seen, girls discover if they themselves have an aptitude for the choice of work they are making or if family or economic pressure has done the selecting for them. A NOTHER question concerns whether or ^*- not it is considered advisable, by the questioned questioned co-ed, for married women to continue working when · there are small children in the family. Equally important is the method of such procedure when the Children are over '16. "What do you think a married man's part in the running of the household should be?" is the last group head in the questionnaire. Five subdivisions follow: a.·· He should not have to do anything with it-- " b. He should do a few simple things--such as keeping his own bureau in order-- · c. He should do all that he has time for-d. for-d. He should haye ; real interest in the running running of the household no,matter bow much or how little he actually takes part-- . , . . - · e. If the wife is employed, both husband.and wife should take an equal part in the running of the household-Miss household-Miss Earhart, believing thoroughly in the sharing of home activities, divides the applicants into two classes in this regard. She thinks that homes and marriage and children are an important important part of woman's work, and has found that their appeal has not -decreased among college girls. . . . . . . . . ' . = in- 111 ·"minimi liilllilllllllltllBiUUi

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 17 May 1936, Sun,
  3. Page 31

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