"The folklore folks have won the day with this . . . publication."—Dallas Times Herald
"They influenced, fought for, loved and died in the state of Texas . . . these Texas women whose deeds have so struck the public imagination that they have become archetypes."—Houston Post
A study of Texas women and the conflicting images and myths that have grown up about them! Texas women were activists. They ran ranches, branded cattle, lobbied the halls of the Texas Legislature, led strikes, ran hospitals, preached the gospel, got elected to public office and built major institutions. Women brought civilized life to hundreds of Texas towns by organizing libraries, museums, parks, symphony orchestras, Sunday schools, literary clubs and charitable organizations.
Contents: Sister María de Agreda, the mysterious Indian Angelina, the "Yellow Rose of Texas" Emily Morgan, the "Weeping Woman" La Llorona, Belle Starr, the "Crying Woman" of San Patricio, the "Goddess of Liberty" statue on the state capitol, Sally Scull, Sophia Porter, Elise Waerenskjold, Adah Isaacs Menken, Elisabet Ney, Mollie Bailey, Martha White McWhirter, "Aunt Dicy," Ma Ferguson, Bonnie Parker, Janis Joplin, Electra Waggoner, "Babe" Didrikson, and such groups as the El Paso madams, honky tonk angels, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.