Cowgirls of the Rodeo


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Using biographies to describe women's transformation from serious rodeo athletes to beauty queens and their successful struggle to regain their place--and respect--as the competitive athletes they are more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 22.9mm | 408.24g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0252068742
  • 9780252068744

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"This welcome source offers a fresh look at the history of women's professional rodeo... [LeCompte] combines biographical information about many of the important women who contributed to women's rodeo with the history of women's participation in this sport... Interesting and informative." -- Choice "Outstanding ... A forceful and multilayered statement about women in American history." -- Anne M. Butler, American Studies "A first-rate work of scholarship." -- Publishers Weekly "The cowgirls in this book are not Dale Evans, Miss Kitty, or Audra Barkley. They are the real thing, and Mary Lou LeCompte's book is much more interesting for it." -- Feminist Collections "In an age when feminist discourse tends to be buttoned up and serious, Cowgirls of the Rodeo is a lively social history that captures the unbridled exhilaration of freedom." -- Elizabeth Judd, Welcomat "LeCompte raises interesting issues about the place of women in athletics, and the experiences of women growing up on ranches... An important addition to the history of the western United States." -- Virginia S. Jenkins, American Studies International ADVANCE PRAISE "Get ready for a great ride! Rodeo fans and others will find the lives and careers of these brave, pioneering cowgirls captivating." -- Richard W. Slatta, author of Cowboys of the Americas "Fills a major void in the literature on western women... Well researched and gracefully written." -- Glenda Riley, author of The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plainsshow more

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