After researching over 150 women of the Old West, Donna Pedace chose ten amazing women to include in this presentation. The women led incredible lives, and many were nationally known during their lifetime, but they have slipped into the black hole of history and are little known today. The women chose very different paths, but each were successful in their own way. They were considered scandalous because they dared to step outside society’s expected roles of wife and mother.

Donna Pedace is the past Executive Director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater and Museum in Connecticut and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Museum in Santa Fe. She was also the National Director of Oasis, working with founder, Marylen Mann, to open and operate new Oasis centers back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.