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Suzanne Scoggins, Director of Women's History

Here it is, the artist’s rendering of the new Amelia Earhart balloon:

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Bear in mind this thing will be humongous—with a 40-foot wingspan, it will be the same size as the real airplane!

The art has been through several iterations and tweaked in response to feedback from EVE’s 99 Club, and now it’s ready to go. The Earhart Estate has approved the renderings and the engineering crew is ready to start sculpting the clay model. (There are other elevations too, showing the balloon from all angles, but this one gives the best overall view I think.)

Now for the hard sell: if you haven’t already donated to the 99 Club, please consider helping out.
The contributions we’ve received so far have enabled us to make the first payment on the balloon, pay for the parade banner, and pay for the balloon handler suits (they’re going to look like a ground crew in flight suits).

But we still need to raise the rest of the money to cover expenses.

Remember, this balloon isn’t some one-time deal. It will last for 20 years and be seen by millions of people. Millions of girls. And it will be the first parade balloon ever to honor a woman—did you know that? As I wrote last month:

It’s a wildly subversive way to get women’s history right there in front of people, bypassing the corporate media and the official textbooks and the documentaries and the museums and the memorials—all that male-centered, woman-denying stuff that dominates the landscape. Think of it: a 40-foot helium balloon of Amelia Earhart—or Harriet Tubman, or Susan B. Anthony, or Clara Barton—sailing down the street. Impossible to miss. And the television announcers will be reading the script we’ve supplied, explaining what the balloon is all about, who the woman was. Millions of people will be exposed to real women’s history. Millions of people will hear our message.

Please join us in this history-making venture: join the 99 Club today. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

And…since everybody loves the balloon but not everybody can manage $99 these days, we’re looking at offering items through CafePress to give people another way to support the project—messenger bags, t-shirts, etc. We’re running a poll right now to find out what people like, so please vote and tell us what you’d like to see.

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3 Responses
  1. JoAnn Nava says:

    It is beautiful….Bravo on artist and team!!!!

  2. EVE says:

    And thanks to you, JoAnn, for all your help and artistic guidance!

  3. Swannie says:

    o my this is georgeous!!!!