There’s a new woman representative in Washington, D.C. A statue of Amelia Earhart -- the pioneering aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean -- was unveiled at the National Statuary Hall inside the US Capitol recently. The statue is one of two to represent Kansas in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection. Each state gets to choose a pair to represent them. Earhart, who was born in Atchison, Kansas, is replacing Kansas Senator John James Ingalls. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly touched on what she hopes Earhart’s addition will mean for future visitors. “Amelia was a dreamer. Her dreams went far beyond the banks of [the Missouri] river and far beyond prescribed gender roles of her time. Let it be an inspiration for all, particularly our young girls, for generations to come. Let them stare up at this work of art and think that they, like Amelia, can dream the impossible dream,” Kelly said.

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