Telling the stories of Texas women showcased in Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie and Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History.
- June 24, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, About Texas’ Ranch Women on a Ranch Women panel for Western Writers of America (WWA), where I’ve been a member for year. WWA will be holding its annual convention in Lubbock, TX.
- September, I’ll return to Fort Worth ISD’s Archives as the Billie Sills lecturer for the month, visiting about Texas Ranch Women.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016:
- March 3-5, 2016: TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION about women at the borders, drawing their stories from both Texas Ranch Women and Texas Dames.
- March 11, 2016: UTA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY have asked me to return as a monthly speaker to talk about Texas Ranch Women.
Texas Women…Ranchers & ‘Dames’…
The women who make up Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie…the women who make up Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History:
I love to tell their stories, whether they are women who…
- Swapped bread and pies for hunks of venison from the Indians of Texas;
- Traded quips with legislators over women’s right to vote;
- Picked up ranch reins from fallen husbands, sons, fathers and brothers…and thrived;
- Sallied into fields as “risqué” (at the time for women) as medicine, law and preaching;
- Swapped high fashion couture for mud huts—jacals in South Texas, soddies in West Texas;
- Ran dynasties of family and ranching—cattle, sheep, polo, army and cutting horses…and mules.
- The first to fly the skies…when it wasn’t “feminine”
- Who lived in the 1700’s or the 20th Century
- Who wore native dress or Spanish fashion
- 20th Century women ranchers who bred, trained and showed polo ponies, race horses and performed at the beginnings of today’s popular Cutting Horse competitions.
- Women ranchers who rode into male provinces of Stock Shows, University regents…and made lasting change for women…for international students…for Texas.
- Women who held together homestead ranches for children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sometimes capitalizing on the cool nights of the Davis Mountains in an era before air conditioning.
These are but a few of the 80+ women I’m privileged to tell—when people ask about Texas Women, “Ranchers & Dames” - `firsts’ in law, aviation, medicine and the arts…as well as Women on the Plains and Prairies!
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At the Friends of the Library for Abilene Public Library luncheon on Texas Independence Day, I got to tell the stories of the women of the Republic.