Cowgirls of the Rodeo: Pioneer Professional Athletes

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Social Science - 252 pages
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In this first substantial study of rodeo women, Mary Lou Lecompte surveys the early rodeo cowgirls' achievements as professional athletes, the near demise of women's rodeo events during World War II, and the phenomenal success of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association in regaining lost ground for rodeo cowgirls. Recalling an extraordinary chapter in women's history as well as the history of American sport, Cowgirls of the Rodeo contributes to a deeper understanding of the challenges facing women in the American West and in American sport.
 

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Contents

Chapter
32
Chapter Three
70
Chapter Four
100
Madison Square Garden rodeo program Oct 31 1943
136
Chapter Five
144
Nancy Blinford and Thena Mae Farr Amarillo 1947
151
CowHandCowBelle AllGirl Rodeo program June 251951
165
Chapter
180
Jimmie Gibbs Munroe competing in a barrel race
187
Appendix
197
Bibliographical Essay
241
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