Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. What happened to them? There are three main hypotheses -- that is, educated guesses that can be tested through research and exploration.
The word bothered me greatly years ago, as aviatrix, a feminization of aviator, seemed to make their accomplishments parenthetical. But I think of it differently these days as I understand the women of that era were different than the men -- they had to be "more."
At a time when women and minorities were rarely seen in the cockpit of an airplane, Amelia Earhart's pioneering achievements broke the silence barrier, inspired a nation and paved the way for so many others who have followed in her path.