Recently I watched a video on the website of a women’s shooting champion about “running like a girl.” It focuses on how the term “like a girl” gets twisted into something wrong, bad, or somehow less.
Of course, those of us with healthy self-image respond ‘Of course I run like a girl—I AM a girl!’ Unfortunately, the impressionable, particularly teen girls, take it to heart and start down the path that they are somehow less “good” than their male counterparts.
But, if it were true that being a girl somehow makes us “less,” I honestly don’t believe we would have ever settled the American west. Women did everything, either beside their man or without him, plus bore children. And rode sidesaddle.
These are the women I model my heroine after--those who do what needs doing, not just the "girl stuff," who go after what they want, and always get their man!
So, today I give you just a few of the women who make me proud to be a girl!
Those who settled on the treeless plains, gathered dung to burn for heat and cooking, and never thought about going back.
Those who left what was familiar, married a dreamer and kept at it until they succeeded. “Born a minister’s daughter in Missouri in 1832, Henrietta Chamberlain went east to a boarding school and expected to follow the family pattern and marry a minister. Instead she married a boat captain and speculator with little education and a tendency to swear loudly. The man was Richard King.” [Together they founded the dynasty known as The King Ranch.]
“More than any other virtue, women brought a hearty pragmatism to the West. ‘When I saw something that needed doing, I did it,’…” (http://womenofthewildwest.ca)
Now, get out there and run like a girl. I'll race you!