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Florence Hughes Randolph

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Ten-time World Champion Cowgirl Trick Rider and World Champion Bronc Rider, Florence made more than 500 rodeo appearances – bronc riding, trick roping, trick riding and roman riding. A petite woman, Florence was thirteen before she learned to ride a horse and taught herself stunt riding. She worked in Wild West shows, raced motorcycles, doubled...

Mattie Goff Newcombe

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Mattie was a pioneer in the sport of rodeo, raising the status of performers through her own rodeo contracts. She was a daring trick rider known for her speed and for never losing her hat. As a bronc rider Mattie was never thrown and as a relay rider she was never outrun. She was one...

Wilma Mankiller

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Wilma became the first female principal chief in the history of the Cherokee people. Born in Oklahoma, her family moved to California as part of the BIA Relocation Program. Returning to Oklahoma, Wilma worked to educate and empower the Cherokee Nation and, through community development, to preserve its heritage. She led the Nation to become...

Margaret Formby

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Margaret took over leadership of the newly formed National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1976, expanding the Hall’s focus to honor all Western women and changing the name of the center to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. Raised on a West Texas ranch (“growing up Western,” as she called it),...

Patsy Cline

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The first woman inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Patsy had a voice and singing style that remains an influence on the realm of music. Inspired to learn to sing and dance by a Shirley Temple movie, Patsy made her radio debut at ten and received national attention when she appeared on the...