After 11 years, it looks like Kansas native Amelia Earhart may take her place in the U.S. Capitol.
Back in 1999 the state Legislature decided to replace its existing statues in the Statuary with Amelia Earhart and Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower took his place in 2003, but for some reason, the statue of Earhart was never commissioned.
The Statuary Hall collection includes two statues from each state. The Sunflower State’s current representatives are Eisenhower and John J. Ingalls, former U.S. snator, early Kansas statesman and freestater.
But a group advocating gender equality — Equal Visibility Everywhere — didn’t forget about the pioneering aviator from Atchison. EVE lobbied Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson, who signed a request this month that was delivered to the U.S. Capitol Architect.
It’s still not a done deal, however. EVE must raise funds and commission the statue, according to a statement from the group. Assuming the group succeeds, Earhart will be the 10th American woman honored with a statue in the Capitol collection.
“Amelia Earhart was one of the most inspiring women in American history,” says Dr. Lynette Long, president of EVE. “She’s still a role model for girls everywhere, and the prospect of having her in Statuary Hall is incredibly exciting. We are deeply honored to be entrusted with this responsibility. Everyone in Kansas has been wonderful.”
EVE will hold a competition to select the winning design. Several Kansans will sit on the selection panel.