A Woman to Know: Lucy Mulhall

Lucille Mullhall comes forward to show what an 18-year-old girl can do in roping steers. — The New York Times, 1904

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In the early part of the 20th century, Lucille Mullhall was dominating rodeo competitions across Oklahoma and Texas. She starred in Wild West shows and produced her own rodeo. Theodore Roosevelt invited her to a Rough Riders luncheon, where she impressed the president with her tales of sharpshooting wolves in the wilderness.

As she toured the country making headlines, the press played around with catchy titles: "First Cowgirl." "Queen of the Saddle." "Lassoer in Lingerie." "Belle of Oklahoma." "Rodeo Queen." But as one of the first women to compete in rodeo competitions alongside male cowboys, Lucille cared about more than just titles: she wanted to win.

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