Western Women We Love

The Mona Lisa of the Range

Julie Hagen

I was teaching photography at Prescott College in Arizona when I met 19-year-old Julie, the daughter of renowned wildlife artist Grant Hagen. She was my student and advisee, and a cowpunchin’ pardner to my wife Kathie and me, when we were horseback help for rancher friends in the area. We three remain close friends to this day.

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A Tragic End to a Classic Cowgirl

tragicendYou have to wonder if it was the sexy cowboy or the opportunity to break out of the “woman’s world” that most prompted young Eloise Fox to run away from a convent school at the age of 14.

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Honoring Mothers and Fathers

womenofwestDetermined women are responsible for two of America’s most revered holidays.

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Song Catcher

songcatcherThe Dakota and Chippewa songs could have been lost forever if not for a pioneer Minnesota woman who decided these American sounds must not be silenced.

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No Compromise with War


When it comes to women in politics, Western women have always led the way.  They did so back in 1916, even before all women had the vote, and in the last national election that saw California’s Nancy Pelosi become the first female Speaker of the House.

While currently more women are present in Congress than ever before, and women outnumber men in the country, they still occupy only 16 percent of Congress. As headlines often declare, “Progress of women in D.C. has been slow.”

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True Westerners

ELizabeth Fenn

ELizabeth Fenn

If I had been a member of the Corps of Discovery, I would have brought my own via...

Video Villa!

Video Villa!

Mexican Revolution leader Pancho Villa knew the value of good publicity. Mutual F...

Studying Villa’s Raid

Studying Villa’s Raid

March 9, 1916, started out bad for the 13th Cavalry at Camp Furlong. Ignoring th...

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