A pioneer in women’s rodeo competition, Bertha Blancett was the first woman to ride broncs at Cheyenne, marking the start of female participation in rodeos. Making a name for herself as a bronc rider, she joined several Wild West shows, including the 101 Ranch Show, and worked in films under contract to Bison Pictures
Two-Gun Nan Aspinwall's magnum opus came in 1910-11 when she rode from San Francisco to New York on her mare, Lady Ellen, covering 4496 miles and taking 180 days in the saddle. At 31 years old, she became the first woman to ride from coast to coast. She did it wearing pants and split skirts, riding astride, which was likely still illegal in some parts of the country. She did it packing a pistol, which she used on at least two occasions to shoot up inhospitable towns. She made the ride alone.
: Oseola McCarty worked all her life cleaning other women's houses. She lived very frugally, and from her savings, donated $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi for scholarship. “I want to help somebody’s child go to college,” she said. “I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did.”