“Little Sure Shot” Annie, was trapping at 7 years old and hunting with a gun at age 8 to support her widowed mother and siblings through poverty. At 15, Annie won a shooting match with sharp-shooter, Frank Butler, whom she married a year later. They joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West together and Annie kept her audience on the edge of their seat with her gun - easily hitting a dime tossed into the air or a cigarette from her husband’s lips. President McKinley made the mistake of rejecting her offer of “a woman sharpshooter service” for the war. Annie went on to teach more than 15,000 women how to use a gun, influencing not only the image of the American cowgirl, but empowering women with the opportunity to prove themselves every bit as capable as men with their tool choice.
Phoebe Ann Mosey