Amelia Earhart’s Surprisingly Modern Prenup


Publisher George Palmer Putnam proposed to Amelia Earhart six times before she agreed to marry him. First, she served him with a letter detailing some of the things that she wanted him to understand before they were married. She indicated that she had no intention of remaining faithful. “I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any medieval code of faithfulness to me, nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly,” Earhart wrote. She also made it clear that she would never give up flying: “Please let us not interfere with the other’s work or play.” Finally, she said she would not commit to forever. “I must exact a cruel promise and that is that you will let me go in a year if we find no happiness together.” Apparently, Putnam agreed to Earhart’s demands and they were married on Feb. 7, 1931. They remained married until her presumed death in January of 1939.