Grit, Not Glamour celebrates the contributions of our foremothers—mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and neighbors—who devoted their lives to farming and ranching related pursuits. Some embraced their roles; others detested the life; but many would agree their contributions were minimized or overlooked. And the common practice of referring to them as “rancher’s wife” or “farmerette” didn’t quite do justice to their work.
Men and women who spent their lives living and working on a family farm or ranch will relate to the emotions and exploits experienced by the women featured in Grit, Not Glamour. Town dwellers and urbanites two or three generations removed from the farm, ranch, or their rural communities and growing up hearing grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ stories will appreciate these women who may or may not resemble in any way their foremothers. City slickers who never spent a day on a farm or ranch, nor thought that life was in any way appealing will meet a community of spunky, brazen, plucky, hardworking gals who donned trousers every day, scraped cow dung from their boots every night, enjoyed a few hours of deep sleep afforded by hours in the fresh country air, only to rise early the next day and start all over again.
Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher and school librarian. As a project manager for a public television station she worked on teams that developed rich content designed to motivate and engage end users. Since her retirement several years ago, she has written five books for young people: Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II, The Industrial Revolution for Kids, The Great Depression for Kids, Women in Blue, and Torpedoed! She is also the author of Stagecoach Women, TwoDot, spring 2002.
Her work has been recognized by the International Literacy Association and the National Council for Social Studies. The American Library Association named Double Victory to its “Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List” in 2014. The FDR Presidential Library and Museum honored her as one of ten authors at their Roosevelt Reading Festival in 2013. HEr talk at Hyde Park was broadcast by C-SPAN’s “Book TV.”