March is Women's History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to historical events and society. The commemoration began in 1978 as "Women's History Day" in Sonoma County, California, and was championed by Gerda Lerner and the National Women's History Alliance to be recognized as a national week (1980) and then month (1987) in the United States.
We hope you have some amazing women that you work with every day that keep your business running and growing. We encourage you to recognize them in small ways throughout the month as strong contributors to your retail success.
To give you some “fodder,” we are highlighting four of the most famous female gun-toten mamas in history.
Oakley met her future husband, himself a marksman named Frank E. Butler, when she bested him in a shooting competition. They were together after that until her death. In fact, one of Annie’s best-known trick shots was shooting a cigarette from her husband’s lips! Throughout her career, Annie was an outspoken advocate of equal pay for women, and for women’s service in U.S. military combat operations. When the U.S. was preparing for the Spanish-American War in 1898, she gathered a group of 50 female sharpshooters to join the Army. They were turned away, but it Oakley persisted in teaching women how to shoot, educating over 15,000 women how to handle a firearm.
Kim is the most successful Olympic female shooter and the only woman to have won two Olympic gold medals for Double Trap. She started competing in skeet at 10 and at 13 she won her first world championship title in women’s double trap shooting. She was barely 17 when she earned her first Olympic gold medal. She won a gold medal in skeet shooting at the 2012 Summer Olympics, equaling the world record of 99 out of 100 clays. Most recently, she won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics, making her the first Olympian to win a medal on five different continents, the first Summer Olympian to win an individual medal at six consecutive summer games, and the first woman to medal in six consecutive Olympics.
Julie, another impressive modern female competitive shooter, started competing at 14 years old and less than three years later, she competed in the U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) National Championship. In 1999, she won ladies titles at the USPSA Limited National Championships, USPSA Open National Championships, and the World Speed Shooting Champion, the first woman to win all three in the same year. In 2006, Julie won Ladies Titles at the USPSA Limited-10, Single-Stack, and Production Nationals, becoming the first and only Five Division USPSA Ladies National Champion and the first woman to earn a USPSA Nationals Triple Crown. Julie is the author of “SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition,” and is passionate about gun safety as the official spokesperson for Project Childsafe, a National Shooting Sports Foundation program that promotes education on safe firearm use and storage.
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