Some were very contained and some were more flamboyant...but as always the ladies played an important part of our early history.
Lillian Smith was the only woman with the potential to eclipse Annie Oakley, but instead she's an often forgotten figure from the Wild West. Smith gained popularity after she joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show at age 15. Like Oakley, she was an incredible shot — but she favored the rifle, instead of Oakley's preferred shotgun. Because of her young age, colorful clothes, and penchant for swearing, Smith was substantially younger than Oakley, and the two were rivals. But while touring in London, Smith shot so badly that she was ridiculed. Soon after, her career ended.
I find it interesting that not many of these strong willed women are mentioned in the history books or in the classes taught today. That is a shame, if you ask me.
Coffee out on the patio again this morning.