During her 2,408-mile flight to become the first person to fly solo across the Pacific. In 1928, she was chosen, along with two other men, to make the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In this photo, you see Amelia Earhart sitting in the cockpit of her Lockheed Electra airplane, ca. 1936. In July 1937 Earhart and the airplane were lost over the Pacific Ocean.

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since the year 1987. It is important to know about the contributions influential women had on our history, so here are 20 famous women in history you should know about.