August 13, 2019

Some Talk A Good Game About Empowered Women

...but point to Mary Sue Fanfic and weaponizing "the vapors" as examples of such.

Most of those would not be the least bit amused by today's birthday girl, who was a person of extraordinary talent in her sport, She was also a superb showman and entrepreneur who came from less than nothing and on her own merits rose to become one of the most famous women in the world in her day.

She was also a philanthropist, world traveler, businesswoman, actress and at one point tried to raise an all female unit of 50 women sharpshooters  for the Spanish American War before McKinley said "No!"

She also empowered more than 15,000 women in the most profound way possible, by teaching them how to shoot.

On this day in 1860, Phoebe Ann Mosey, better known in later life as Annie Oakley and "Little Sure Shot", was born.


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1 If you're ever in Greenville, Ohio (home of the Treaty of Greenville), make sure you visit the Garst Museum. They have a ton of Annie Oakley material, because that's her hometown. One of the curators has written five books about Oakley's life. The Annie Oakley Center Foundation has lots of information on her, as well as the stuff they do to continue her legacy, like instruction in gun safety and use.

They also have Annie Oakley Days every year in July or so. There's the usual festival stuff, giveaways at the Kitchen-Aid Experience, and a Victorian-style melodrama, different every year. Also lots of shooting contests with lots of sharpshooter types.

Darke County was settled territory in 1860, of course; but there were lots and lots of woods and even some primeval forest and prairie bits, when Annie was feeding her brothers and sisters with her snares and rifle.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Thu Aug 15 14:27:01 2019 (sF8WE)

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