Harriet Hammond (pictured) was an employee of gunpowder manufacturer E. I. du Pont de Nemours. In 1913, she organized the Nemours Gun Club, the first women’s shooting club in the US. Members of the club practiced trapshooting, a form of competitive clay pigeon shooting. They were granted use of the company’s trapshooting area just one afternoon a week so as to not interfere with the men’s practice. Despite their much more limited opportunities for practice, the women were able to out shoot the men in company competitions.
In 1915, E. I. du Pont de Nemours produced a brochure entitled Diana of the Traps explaining how other clubs could replicate the success of Harriet’s club. Trapshooting was described as both feminine and primal, a sport that women could engage in to fulfill their hunting instinct while wearing more attractive clothing than those required for traditional hunting. Further benefits were strengthened marital bonds for couples who shot together and a reduction in anxiety.