In pursuit of her dreams, Amelia Earhart left a wake of change behind her. She was an, "aviator and feminist who symbolized the excitement of early aviation and new roles for women to Depression-era Americans" (10). Women who contributed to the feminist movement forced men to acknowledge the fact that women were as capable as them. Earhart’s brave and exciting flights contributed to the women’s movement and created space for the acceptance of women in other fields as well. During World War II, women aviators flew planes for the Allies, which allowed for more men to fight in combat on land and sea (10). Earhart established a base ground for one aspect of women's equality and then it expanded to equality in military and eventually to the first woman sent to space in 1999. Amelia Earhart was made a popular heroine by her restless and independent personality. She became a symbol of women empowerment and devoted her life to lead other females in the crusade for gender equality and respect. "Amelia Earhart's last flight remains one of the twentieth century's greatest unsolved mysteries, but it should not deflect attention from her significance as a record-breaking aviator and a compelling symbol of women's emancipation" (10). Society will always regard Earhart as an ardent individual whose self-determination led and inspired other women of her time and in the future to chase their dreams despite any boundaries, because as she proved, they are always being broken.