A Look at Ranching Women

International Women’s Day is observed March 8, 2016. The upcoming event caused me to wonder, what is it like to be a woman on a ranch?
Like many professions, ranching has historically been a male-dominated field, but that’s changing. Today an increasing number of women own and operate ranches.
Woman ranchers value multiple skills, from mending jeans to roping a calf at branding. The two-fer notion of hiring the cowboy and getting his wife’s help for free is becoming obsolete as women realize their own value. Ranching is a culture steeped in individualism. Confidence in your abilities is your biggest asset, whether male or female. It takes courage to learn new things, and to allow yourself to fail in the process. It’s challenging on a day-to-day level.
Ranch women, praised for their fortitude and endurance, are often seen as survivors of their environment rather than people thriving within it. Many find themselves working against this stereotype, proving that women can exist happily in ranching. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Hats off to you, ladies!