"The first cowgirls broke the rules. In the nineteenth century, a woman's place was in the home, not out on the range herding cattle, branding calves, or breaking horses: Victorian society considered this behavior unladylike. Complete with corset, a lady behaved decorously, served tea in the parlor, sewed, and cared for her husband and family. Living on the fringes of society to run a cattle ranch was a preposterous vocation for a woman and represented uncharted territory. Aware of the risks, but determined to succeed, one of Wyoming's first cowgirls was hanged for trying."
~Cowgirls, Women of the Wild West by Elizabeth Clair Flood
|Valley all dressed up in her Sunday best|
|A cowgirls can wear a bow in her hair.|
|Valley takes pride in her wide brimmed "Stetson."|
|No side saddle for this little gal, thanks to her new split skirt.|
|Every cowgirl needs her own rope.|