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Georgia O’Keeffe

Born in rural Wisconsin, Georgia worked as a commercial artist and an art teacher as she developed a personal style of stripping her subjects to their purest forms and colors. Reaching the status of a national treasure, she was famous for the expressive power of light and the patterns of nature in her close-up paintings...

Betty Sims Solt

Betty learned the basic skills of good horsemanship while growing up on her family’s ranch where she worked alongside her father and five brothers. She began her rodeo career in 1950 at a high school rodeo, going on to win numerous awards, including two NIRA Barrel Racing Championships. Betty started teaching in 1964, became a...

Norma Sanders

Norma was one of the first professional female livestock auctioneers. Following in her father’s footsteps, she gave up her dream of becoming a concert violinist for the livestock arena. Overcoming prejudices against women in the arena, Norma became one of the most popular auctioneers in the country. People attended auctions just to hear the deep...

Laura Gilpin

Upon receiving her first camera at twelve, Laura photographed the Southwest for more than sixty years. Working alone, Laura’s works are unique because she pursued landscape photography, a field pioneered and traditionally practiced by men. Compelled not by scientific curiosity but by humane concerns, Laura viewed the land as an environment that shaped human activity....

Eleanor McClintock Williams

Eleanor’s life epitomized that of the strong, independent Western woman. The daughter of wealthy Pittsburgh artists, Eleanor was enthused with life in the West as a teenager. She became a champion trick rider, performing on the rodeo circuit, Wild West shows and circuses. She purchased and built a ranch during the Depression, raised five children,...

Gretchen Sammis

A fourth-generation rancher, Gretchen continued her family tradition as owner and operator of the Chase Ranch. Born to be a ranch woman, she attended college, then taught school while managing the ranch until 1972. A community leader, Gretchen was the first woman to be president of the Northern New Mexico Livestock Association, first woman on...

Bebe Mills Clements

Born into a pioneer ranching family, Bebe spent most of her life tending to ranch matters. Though she was an equal partner with her husband, she operated the ranch alone much of the time. Her efforts set new standards in sheep ranching. Because she always wanted to be a musician and an artist, Bebe taught...

Ernestine Chesser Williams

Ernestine taught in schools for 33 years before retiring and starting a writing career. After a full life of teaching, farming and raising livestock in New Mexico, where her parents were early pioneers, she set out to record and preserve the histories of local people and events. Ernestine published five books and numerous articles about...

Louise Massey Mabie

Louise grew up on a ranch but was raised to be a musician. Along with her two brothers and husband, she performed as Louise and The Westerners, becoming stars on NBC for nineteen years until retiring. Louise wrote “White Azaleas,” which sold 3 million copies, and “My Adobe Hacienda,” listed simultaneously on the Lucky Strike...

Ruby Gobble

Ruby can be described in many terms: accomplished horsewoman, trick rider, roping champion, rodeo queen, movie actress, and ranch foreman. Raised on her family’s Arizona ranch, she learned to ride at age three on burros and mastered roping shortly after. Beginning her rodeo career as a trick rider, Ruby switched to roping competitions, quickly winning...
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