Suzanne Scoggins, Director of Women's History

A couple of weeks ago I promised that we had two big announcements coming, both related to Amelia Earhart.

Well, here’s the first one: EVE is sponsoring a giant helium balloon of Amelia Earhart to appear in parades all over the country! Actually the balloon will be a replica of her famous red Lockheed Vega, with an oversized Amelia in the cockpit.

The Amelia Earhart balloon is going to be the first in a series of parade balloons featuring American heroines, which we’re developing with StarBound Entertainment, one of the top balloon suppliers for parades all over the country. Here at EVE we’ve talked about the way character balloons are overwhelmingly male; the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, for example, has only had 10 female balloons in its entire 85-year history. Our “great American women” series will bring heroines to parades all over the country. Can you imagine how cool that will be for families and kids? Can you imagine how inspired little girls will be?

“Mom, who’s that?”

“Amelia Earhart! She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic! She was the first person ever to fly solo over the Pacific!”

Read more about it here, watch the slideshow, and check out the press release we issued this week.

We need to raise the money to finance the balloon, so we’re asking people to chip in $99 — that’s in honor of Amelia Earhart’s Ninety-Nines, the organization she founded in 1929 for women pilots. Our goal is to raise $9,801 (that’s 99 people x $99 each). Donors will be inducted into EVE’s 99 Club and have their names listed on the Wall of Fame (unless they want to be Howard Hughes or something, in which case we promise not to tell).

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3 Responses
  1. Lynette says:

    We can change the world, but it takes time, effort, and MONEY. This balloon will be the first of a series of balloons honoring the contributions of American women. As my grandmother used to say, “It’s time to put your money where your mouth is!” I’ve contributed, won’t you?

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  3. KT2001 says:

    I am so excited about this. I will travel to the first parade with my daughter to show her this balloon. Every girl needs to see it!