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Governor Laura Kelly pays tribute to Amelia Earhart at the United States Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC – Governor Laura Kelly today joined the bipartisan leadership of Congress, Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, Congresswoman Sharice Davids and Congressman Jake LaTurner for the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the Congressional Statue honoring Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most famous aviators and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The ceremony took place in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

“This statue immortalizing Amelia Earhart will serve as an inspiration to our young people for generations to come, propelling them to dream beyond the limits of their time,” Governor Kelly said. “I want to thank our congressional leaders and our Kansas delegation for the opportunity to honor one of Kansas’ most iconic figures – a woman who showed us all what it means to reach for the stars.”

Born and raised in Atchison, Kansas, Earhart earned her pilot’s license in 1923 and later championed the advancement of women in aviation. She was declared lost at sea when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. The statue of Amelia Earhart will represent the state of Kansas in the National Statuary Hall Collection alongside a statue of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Along with Amelia Earhart, Governor Kelly’s remarks recognized a long legacy of pioneering women in Kansas history, including Susanna Salter, the first woman elected mayor in the United States in 1887; Georgia Neese Gray, who under the Truman administration became the first woman to serve as United States Treasurer; and Lucinda Todd, a civil rights activist and one of the petitioners in Brown v. Board of Education of 1954.