Cowgirls Wearing Pants? Oh, the Scandal!

From the controversial divided skirt, the next step for cowgirl comfort was to wear men’s pants. Many women who worked their family ranchers had already discovered this freedom, but certainly would not appear in public dressed this way. Look at the commotion Evelyn Cameron created when she trotted into town wearing her split skirt!

Rodeo rider Vera McGinnis was the first woman to wear pants in the rodeo arena. What a scandal! Oh the gossip! Butvera-mcginnis she swore she would never trade being a rodeo cowgirl for any other profession. She started riding the rodeo in 1912 with her corset on, but after the first relay tossed it for good. McGinnis went on to design some of the first practical cowgirl clothing.

Her rodeo career ended in 1934 after she incurred a collapsed lung, three broken ribs, a broken hip, a broken neck bone, and broken back in 5 places when a horse named China Rose somersaulted on top of her.

She was inducted to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1979.

Published in: on January 18, 2009 at 1:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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