My picture of the backstretch then was very few women. The women who were there were working with the horses. In those days, I'm sure I wore a skirt, but I was an exception. The women who worked physically with the horses would have on jeans. So I knew I was sticking out and people were looking at me oddly. But I just kept on going. The old-time horsemen were gentlemen. Nobody was ever rude to me. I got along just fine. I think that today people on the backstretch aren't going to pay any attention to your sex; they're going to be rude to you if they want to be rude to you whether you're a male or a female.Buy the bookOther excerpts
The following excerpt is from Women in Racing: In Their Own Words. Published September 2001 by Eclipse Press.All the uprising of women for equal rights in the workplace and so forth came after I was already working in racing. So I didn't jump on that bandwagon. I didn't feel any need to. I was already there. It's true I was the first woman to head a publicity department. But I wasn't the first woman to work in that field in racing. When I got started, it was hard. I'm sure I was terrified for the whole first five years.