Stories, songs and poems about women who left footprints on history by stepping out of place.
Lyn Messersmith and Deb-Carpenter-Nolting offer stories, songs, and poems about women who left footprints on history by stepping out of place. If you’ve never heard of Helga Estby, who walked across America in 1896, it’s probably because her achievements were hidden by her family. Then there’s Pearl Hart, female stagecoach robber, who defended herself by saying, “I shall not consent to be tried under a law in which my sex had no voice in making.” Consider Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young’s 19th wife, who was instrumental in getting polygamy outlawed. Nebraska’s own Mari Sandoz went against the norm of romanticizing the West by writing the realities. One critic accused her of writing on sandpaper with barbed wire. Another Nebraska legend, Tad Lucas, lady bronc rider, was the only person inducted into all three Cowboy Halls of Fame. These are a few of the not-so-well-behaved women introduced in the program.