West is too wild for frail woman like me. On hand here you fraud it what’s the big idea i’m here to defend you on honor. Girls are help us out here in the West that’s a good one. Women arguably did more to develop the Western men did I no damsel in distress I’m a working girl and old bill does a good helpless woman acting I sure do Miss pearl sometime next week you got it.
Prostitution is no job for a respectable woman like you. Women like everyone else came to the West for Economic Opportunity and despite its considerable downsides prostitution was often the most lucrative line of work available to them.
If you haven’t noticed it is the eighteen hundreds and there are a lot of options for me to earn a living this is the best one I got. In fact before these women arrives Wild West towns weren’t really towns at all they were
more like work camps. Welcome y’all that’s the whole you sleeping that’s the whole you crap in and that’s the whole you die in. The men were so desperate for women they would pay just to see a pair of women’s undergarments.
So when women came West they saw a clear economic need. These boys are lacking something and I think I can provide it. Their services were in such demand many of these women need more money than the men they served and entire town sprung up around brothels. It was the influx of women that finally turned these barren camps into bustling towns.
And with all that wealth they soon became leaders of their communities first you get the land then you get the money and you get the power and they use that power to provide services the West desperately needed. Madam Milli of New Mexico used her wealth to put local children through college. Colorado madam Laura Evans provided workers compensation for injured men and sheltered victims of domestic abuse and Madame Diamond Jesse Heyman provided food and clothing with the homeless after them 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Author and historian Jane McGill Collins so it is true that the prostitution industry could be a very dangerous one because there was diseased domestic violence drug abuse but prostitutes were pioneers just like the men they served. In fact a lot of prostitutes and Madam’s were astute businesswoman being a prostitute or madam could actually give women more financial freedom here in the west and their Eastern counterparts and that
could even lead to measure of political equality and influence in the communities where they serve these men.
By 1869 women wielded did so much power in the West that Wyoming actually became the first territory to give women the right to vote. I half century before the rest of the nation did. Wyoming actually refused to become a State unless women kept that right. No we can’t have your women voting their tiny brains can handle it. We may have a stay out of the union 100 years but will come in with our women. Wow that is remarkably progressive for this era fine women and Wyoming can keep the vote. Wyoming joined the union as the Equality state and the idea soon spread the next eight States to grant women’s suffrage were all in the west and Wyoming would go on to elect the nation’s first female governor in 1924.