Women are ranchers too!
I had no idea that I would one day live so close to the monument and it would be so important to my life. To me, the Madonna signifies the contribution that women made in taming this prairie and moving civilization out west. She is a tough-looking woman who has a baby in her arms and a child hanging on her skirts, but she is walking along the trail, bringing with her the tools needed to settle in the wilderness.
I don't consider myself a "feminist;" I am not a "woman rancher;" I am not unique. I am a rancher; I do my best to take care of the cattle, our kids and our home. I also happen to be a woman--and there are many like me who do our work every day, because it is the right thing to do--not for any notoriety or publicity. I love ranching--it was a great way for me to grow up, and for us to raise a family now.