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Cowgirl Rodeo (1949)

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Sound | 1949

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  •  First woman in dark hat is Margaret Owens, the second is Blanche Altizer 
  •  Jackie Worthington 
 
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  •  It's ladies day at Fort Stockton, Texas. All the fellas can do today is look as the good-lookers strut their stuff in the all-girl rodeo.  
  •  These lonestar cowgals get things going with a grand parade in real Wild West style. 
  •  Bareback bronc ridin' is just her dish. 
  •  Well, they can't all stay on. 
  •  Out west where men are men and the steers are ornery, a gal accepts her fate gracefully and hasn't a beef coming.  
  •  Sometimes these mean critters lull you into a sense of false security. Yeah, there's nothin' to it. 
  •  Mister, that is the end. 
 
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Cowgirls compete in bronco and bull-riding events at an “all-girl rodeo” in this pun-filled Universal Newsreel footage. This all-girl rodeo was held in Fort Stockton in 1949, near the birthplace of rodeo itself, and was sponsored by the Girls Rodeo Association, established in 1948. The Girls Rodeo Association, now the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, was an early group of women that consisted mainly of ranchers' wives and daughters who had been forced to take over the ranch when their husbands or fathers were called to service during World War II. After the war, they resented their role as merely rodeo beauty pageant contestants and sought to find a place for themselves alongside men. They determined to raise the standards of cowgirl contests and protect cowgirls from unfair practices. It is the oldest organization of women athletes in America.