The only thing more badass than a tough lady is a tough lady who embraces her femininity.
Since moving out here, I’ve come across a surprising amount of women who take good care of themselves, appreciate a good coat or mascara or red nail polish and put the effort into looking nice. Not exactly what you would expect, right?
Curling irons, perfume, lip gloss and all of the usual suspects are all part of the regular routine for these women in the morning. No, these girls aren’t getting ready for a day of photocopying and sexing up the high-rise office – these women are heading out to spend a day roping in the branding pen, sorting, or riding big circles on the range beside their male coworkers and counterparts.
In my book, there is nothing more awesome than a woman with pearl earrings and glossy red lips spreading into a devilish smile as she double-hocks a runaway calf before the boys can even get their ropes down.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am a girly girl. Quietly so, but still. I would also like to point out that I am not, though I work in a lodge, an “indoor girl.” I can appreciate glitter as much as grime under my fingernails.
I’ve taken a lot of crap for this, as there still seems to be people out there who don’t see how a woman can be both fabulous AND tough. For example, I got a custom-made pair of armitas a few months ago – they have a slightly obnoxious amount of hot pink in them. Apparently, this is a problem.
A male coworker (who is also a friend) of mine looked at them and asked me if they were a joke. A joke? No. I take my hot pink (and purple) pretty seriously. I’m also not joking when I head out for a day of work with cowboys and keep up for a 10-hour day of driving cattle, long-trotting and turning back calves.
Ladies (and gentlemen) out there… what’s your take on this topic?