N ée Phoebe Ann Moses, Annie Oakley was born in 1860 in rural Darke County, Ohio, and her sharpshooting skills were apparent by age eight. She put food on the table for her six siblings by hunting and paid off the mortgage by selling the game she killed.
At 15, a traveling marksman engaged her in a shooting contest. He hit 24 of the 25 targets; Annie nailed all 25, winning the match and his heart—they spent 50 years together in marriage.
Notably, Oakley campaigned for equal pay for equal work throughout her life and advocated for women in the military.
– Eve Lederman, The 100 Companies