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Anna Lee Aldred MP (1921 - 2006)

Anna Lee Aldred (April 19, 1921 – June 12, 2006) was the first woman in the United States to receive a jockey's license. She was born Anna Lee Mills in Montrose, Colorado in 1921. She is the d...

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Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, S.P. (1823 - 1902)

Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, S.P., (16 April 1823 – 19 January 1902) was a Canadian Religious Sister who led a group of the members of her congregation to the Pacific Northwest of the Un...

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May Lillie (1869 - 1936)

Mary Emma Manning was considered to possess an untamed will, and married the famous Wild West showman and performer, Pawnee Bill, in 1886 who was nine years her senior. For her wedding gift she recei...

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Lucille Mulhall (1885 - 1940)

Lucille was the best known Western performer of her era and was identified as a “cowgirl” before the term was widely used. She learned to ride and rope on her family’s Oklahoma r...

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Fannie Sperry Steele (1887 - 1983)

Fannie Sperry Steele (1887–1983), born Fannie Sperry, was an award-winning bronc rider and rodeo performer from Montana, one of the first women inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame, and th...

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Hallie Marie Stillwell (1897 - 1997)

Born in 1897, Hallie lived the pioneer life. Adopting the cowboy’s pants, shirt and jacket, she ranched beside her husband while maintaining a dignity and femininity that earned her recognitio...

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Anne Burnett Tandy (1900 - 1980)

Anne grew up in Fort Worth and spent time on her father’s Triangle Ranch mastering the qualities of a top hand through her friendships with the cowboys. Heir to the Four Sixes and Triangle ran...

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Jerry Ann Portwood Taylor (1930 - 2012)

A rider from early on, Jerry’s skill on a horse carried her far from her hometown of Seymour, Texas. Her trick riding and roping landed her jobs as a Pangburn Candy Girl, work with Tex Ritte...

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Marie Tyler (1908 - 2002)

Known as the “First Lady of Beef Promotion,” Marie knew about cattle and horses from her youth on the family ranch. She brought the first Santa Gertrudis cattle to North Dakota and jo...

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Dora Waldrop (1911 - 2003)

From bringing in milk cows on horseback at age three to barrel racing at 76, Dora was a standout Texas horsewoman who consistently won on the horses she trained. A fierce promoter of barrel racing,...

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Hortense Sparks Ward (1872 - 1944)

Hortense Sparks Ward (July 21, 1872 - December 5, 1944) was a pioneering Texas lawyer and women's rights activist. Born Hortense Sparks in Matagorda County, Texas, Ward grew up in Edna, Texas a...

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Mary Nan West (1925 - 2001)

Raised by her grandparents as heir to the Rafter S Ranch, Mary grew up shunning socials and other affairs for ranch work. The hard work and values she learned on the ranch made her into one of the mo...

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Narcissa Whitman (1808 - 1847)

Narcissa Whitman arrived in the Oregon Terittory in 1836. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (March 14, 1808 – November 29, 1847) was an American missionary in the Oregon Country of what would become...

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Ernestine Chesser Williams (1913 - 2008)

Ernestine taught in schools for 33 years before retiring and starting a writing career. After a full life of teaching, farming and raising livestock in New Mexico, where her parents were early pion...

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Fox Hastings (1898 - 1948)

In 1914, at age 16, Fox Hastings ran away from home in California and began her career bronc and trick riding for the Irwin Brother’s Wild West Show. By 1924, she was best known among few ...

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Nellie Snyder Yost (1905 - 1992)

Nellie Irene Snyder Yost (June 20, 1905 – January 16, 1992) was a historian and writer. She was an active member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, serving for many years as its pre...

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Nancy Jean Binford (1921 - 1998)

Nancy Binford, one of the country’s premier horsewomen, won many horse shows, races, and cutting horse championships, but she is be best remembered as co-producer, with Thena Mae Farr, of the ...

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Esther Hobart Morris (1814 - 1902)

Esther Hobart Morris (August 8, 1814 – April 2, 1902), a Tioga County, New York native, distinguished herself as the first female Justice of the Peace in the United States. A mother of three b...

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Alice Greenough Orr (1902 - 1995)

Alice Greenough Orr (March 17, 1902 - August 20, 1995), also known as Koo Ja-kyung (Hangul : 구자경, Hanja : 具滋暻) and has pen name Koo In-hwoi (Hangul : &#x...

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Margie Greenough Henson (1908 - 2004)

Margie began her rodeo career in 1929 with Jack King’s Wild West Rodeo. Growing up on a working ranch where she and her seven siblings learned to ride and rope as part of the daily chores, Mar...

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Dale Evans MP (1912 - 2001)

Crowned "Queen of the Cowgirls," Dale Evans stands out as the most powerful female presence in cowboy culture throughout the 20th century. She starred with wholesome singing cowboy Roy Rogers in a seri...

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Sacajawea "Bird Woman" Sauvagesse MP (1787 - 1884)

" The wife of [Charbonneau] our interpreter we find reconciles all the Indians, as to our friendly intentions--a woman with a party of men is a token of peace. " ---William Clark Find A Grave Memoria...

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Cynthia Ann Parker (the "White Squaw") MP (c.1827 - c.1870)

Cynthia Ann Parker, or Naduah (also sometimes spelled "Nadua" and "Nauta," meaning "someone found"), (ca 1827–1870) was an Anglo-Texas woman of Scots-Irish descent who was kidnapped at the a...

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Annie Oakley MP (1860 - 1926)

Sharpshooter. She was born Phoebe Mosey in Darke County, Ohio. She never attended a regular school and was introduced and taught to shoot by her father in the woods around the farm where she lived. D...

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Georgia Totto O'Keeffe MP (1887 - 1986)

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887—March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She is associated with the American Southwest, where she found artistic inspiration, and particularly New Mexico,...

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Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation MP (1945 - 2010)

Wilma Pearl Mankiller (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) was the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as principal chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995. Wilma Pearl Mankil...

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Henrietta Maria Morse King (1832 - 1925)

Henrietta, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, married Richard King, founder of the King Ranch. As the ranch matriarch, she was known for her hospitality and compassion, extending help to the ne...

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Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court MP

Sandra Day O'Connor (born March 26, 1930) is an American jurist who was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retir...

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Rose Wilder Lane MP (1886 - 1968)

In 1908, Rose moved to San Francisco, and lived with a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin, Bessie Beatty. Living in the same apartment building was Claire Gillette Lane, who became Rose's husband ...

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Patsy Montana (1908 - 1996)

Ruby Rose Blevins (October 30, 1908 – May 3, 1996), known professionally as Patsy Montana, was an American country music singer-songwriter and the first female country performer to have a mill...

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Caroline L. Ingalls (Quiner) MP (1839 - 1924)

Caroline Ingalls, born Caroline Lake Quiner (December 12, 1839 – April 20, 1924) was the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books. She was born in the town of Brookfi...

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Caroline Ingalls Swanzey MP (1870 - 1946)

Caroline Celestia "Carrie" Ingalls Swanzey (August 3, 1870 – June 2, 1946) was the third child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls, and was born in Montgomery County, Kansas. She was a younger s...

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Mary Amelia Ingalls MP (1865 - 1928)

Mary Amelia Ingalls (January 10, 1865 – October 20, 1928) was born near the town of Pepin, Wisconsin. She was the first child of Caroline and Charles Ingalls. She was the older sister of a...

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Laura Elizabeth Wilder MP (1867 - 1957)

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls , second daughter of Charles Phillip Ingalls (1836 - 1902) and Caroline Lake (Quiner) Ingalls (1839 - 1924), was born 7 February 1867, in a little log house in the Big Woods of ...

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Mary Ann "Molly" Goodnight MP (1839 - 1926)

Wife of cattleman Charles Goodnight, Molly drove supply wagons and took charge of ranch operations when her husband was absent. Affectionately called “the Little Mother of the Plains,” sh...

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Patsy Cline MP (1932 - 1963)

Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Gore, Virginia, was an American country music singer who enjoyed pop music crossover success during the era ...

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Willa Sibert Cather MP (1873 - 1947)

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains...

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