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Kansas Cowgirls

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR
Cowgirls Billie Franks and Jan Lyons at the Kansas City Public Library.

Photographer Ronnie Farley speaks about her book Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West.By Laura Ziegler


Kansas City, MO – Jan Lyons is a cattle producer from Manhattan, Kansas. Billie Franks, a rancher from Granola, Kansas, and an officer in the Women's Ranch Rodeo Association. The women talked about Ronnie Farley's photographs in the context of their own lives and how such images can help clear up misconceptions about what real cowgirls do.

In an interview from her office in New York, photographer Ronnie Farley told KCUR's Laura Ziegler that she found a common thread that connected the women she photographed for her book.

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