Rounding Up The Gals - Great Female Country Vocals, Vol. 1 [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] Given the rugged background of Country & Western music, it is not surprising that women have been relegated to second place in the performing stakes. Taming the West was for men, "real" men at that, and the woman"s role, if at all, was as distant wife, girlfriend or mother. A woman"s place was in the home, doing the chores, washing, cooking, raising the children - it certainly wasn"t riding the range and singing about the men in their lives. But of course there were major exceptions - conditions through the earlier and middle part of the Twentieth Century did not make it easy for women to succeed in the music business but feminine charms, on stage and records, were a welcome relief through the gloomy years of the Second World War and subsequently more women succeeded in a successful Country music career.