CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming was built on the tradition of the American cowboy. It’s evident in everything from one of the state’s nicknames to the university’s mascot.
But the women who made it possible for those men to settle the so-called Equality State aren’t always given credit.
“Cowboys and Indians are very exciting, but there are other exciting things like cooking dinner over a fire, birthing babies all by yourself and doing your wash without a washing machine,” said Sharon Russell, president of the Cowgirls of the West Museum in Cheyenne.
“That’s the purpose (of the museum). These ladies did a whole lot, and ladies continue to do so.”
In 1995, the Cowgirls of the West Museum was founded to honor women who contributed greatly to Western culture and history, from the pioneering women who first made the West their home to the first women to compete in