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7 a.m. Stumper 6-18-14

On this day in 1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales. Her exploits in the air led to her becoming a national celebrity. But before she took to the skies, she had to bring in the bacon just like everyone else.   

What was Amelia Earhart's job before she flew across the Atlantic Ocean?

1. nurse
2. social worker
3. teacher

The answer is 2. social worker. According to, Earhart's entire life had a certain restless quality. By 1928, she had found a calling of sorts as a social worker in Boston who flew in her spare time. When New York publisher George Palmer Putnam asked if she wanted to be the first woman to fly the Atlantic, she readily agreed.

The June 1928 flight from Newfoundland to Burry Port, Wales, made her an instant celebrity, although she was quick to note that she had been merely a passenger, 'a sack of potatoes,' who kept the log. When she soloed the Atlantic in 1932, another first for women, she proved to the world and to herself that 1928 had not been a fluke.

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