Saddle up: Talk to focus on role of women in rodeo

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In a presentation that will kick off Rowan University's observance of Women's History Month, Elyssa Ford will explore the role of women in rodeo in her talk, "Rodeo as Refuge or Rodeo as Rebellion?: Women, Race and Identity in American Rodeo" on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Room 2012 of Education Hall.

Are cowgirls the fearless, rebellious, barrier-breaking individuals they're often portrayed to be in popular culture?

In a presentation that will kick off Rowan University's observance of Women's History Month, Elyssa Ford will explore the role of women in rodeo in her talk, "Rodeo as Refuge or Rodeo as Rebellion?: Women, Race and Identity in American Rodeo" on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Room 2012 of Education Hall.

Ford's talk is free and open to the public.

Her presentation will take a deep look at the rodeo subculture. She will discuss the serious limitations women in rodeo encounter and reasons why they're often content with their roles.

Ford's doctoral dissertation in history at Arizona State University in 2009 focused on women in rodeo. Her interest in the rodeo subculture and the presence of different racial groups in the rodeo came about after she completed an internship at the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.

This semester, Ford is serving as the University's Hollybush Fellow.

For information on the talk, contact Ieva Zake at zake@rowan.edu.

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