Chapter III: POWER debuts on International Women's Day

The third installment of Women in Wyoming, Chapter III: POWER, debuts on International Women’s Day.

Chapter III: POWER explores a variety of themes, including truth, voice, potential and action. Chapter III: POWER features:

  • Mickey Thoman: A living legend and Wyoming cowgirl, Mickey is the ranching matriarch of the W&M Thoman Ranch—a fifth-generation sheep and cattle operation in Wyoming’s Sweetwater County. She operates the ranch with her three daughters. Together, the Thoman women raise fine-wool Rambouillet sheep, Hereford cattle and thoroughbred-quarter horses.

  • Wyoming Latina Youth Conference (WLYC): This profile features attendees, alumnae and the founder of this two-day leadership conference. Created nearly 20 years ago, WLYC helps Wyoming Latina students in grades fifth through 12th own their ambition and gain the confidence to better themselves as they focus on “The Power of Choice.”

  • Rita Watson: The longest-serving employee at the Wyoming Department of Education, Rita has worked for every Superintendent of Education since 1974. A mainstay in Wyoming’s education system and the city of Cheyenne, Rita loves her job, working in education and is intent on helping others.

  • Climb Wyoming: A statewide nonprofit, Climb Wyoming’s leadership staff and its founder, Dr. Ray Fleming Dinneen, are dedicated to empowering single moms living in poverty in six communities throughout the state. The profile features interviews with Dr. Dinneen, staff and the mothers who have graduated from the program and share their journeys to self-sufficiency.

  • Aura Newlin: A fourth-generation, Japanese American Wyomingite, Aura is an anthropologist, educator and advocate who shares the story of the Japanese-American incarceration during World War II to audiences around the country.


Explore Chapter III: POWER:

  • Click here to see each subject’s full profile with images, quotes and interviews. Chapter I: Breaking Boundaries, Chapter II: Filling the Void and Chapter III: POWER are live.

  • Listen to the "Women in Wyoming’ podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

  • Follow the project’s Instagram (@WomenInWyo) and Facebook (@WomenInWyoming) accounts.

About Women in Wyoming: Throughout the history of our state, Wyoming women have been brave, strong and impactful. The mission of Women in Wyoming is to tell the inspiring stories of contemporary Wyoming women through art and media, collectively celebrating their achievements, power and learned wisdom. By creating a powerful collection of contemporary female role models—from artists to politicians and ranchers to authors—Women in Wyoming encourages the next generation of trailblazing, community-minded women and girls to step forward and fulfill their highest ambitions.

WW Exhibit: Women in Wyoming will make its worldwide debut at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in Cody, Wyoming from October 25, 2019 to August 2, 2020. A celebration of Wyoming’s women, the exhibit is an immersive experience that will feature large-scale portraits, an audio soundscape and interactive components. The BBCW is the only Smithsonian accredited museum in Wyoming and consists of five museums. Sponsorship opportunities for the Women in Wyoming exhibit at the BBCW are available; contact us to discuss various options and exposure opportunities.