Graduation Gift from Mom & Dad
At the turn of the century, cowgirls showed the world that women could ride broncs, rope steers, and shoot straight! They mastered these skills out of necessity when the west opened up to pioneers. Those oldtime cowgirls probably didn't know what effect they had on women's rights, but coincidentally or not, the first state to let women vote was Wyoming!
In this new century, women can realize their dreams, aspirations, and potential. What do you dream of doing or becoming in life? -- Janet
"I never intended to become a cowgirl. Sure, I grew up on a ranch, and I loved riding horses when I was a child. I knew my way around a milk cow all right, but never, ever did I dream cowgirl dreams. Cowgirl just wasn't a career option back then, at least not a very glamorous one. Movie star -- that's what little girls of my generation longed to be. ...
Over the years I've discovered that there's more to being a cowgirl than punching cows, or winning rodeo trophies, or galloping off into a movie sunset with Roy. Cowgirl is an attitude, really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she's just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, an astronaut."
"Children of my generation longed to be movie stars. Today, even movie stars want to be cowgirls. I'm in my golden years, as they say, but I still sometimes find myself thinking about what I'd like to be when I grow up. It's sort of silly, I know, but -- I think I'd like to be a cowgirl."
Dale Evans Rogers, Los Angeles, 1992
Quoted from The Cowgirl Companion, p.ix, by Gail Cilchriest, ISBN 1-56282-868-1