During the frontier era or the era of free land people spread across the entire continent. The west remained a largely male society, but the fight for survival west of the Mississippi river made men and women more equal partners than in East past the of the United States. Many women who lost their husbands during the settlement assumed complete responsibility for their farms. Farming has always been a hard life. The women fought equal as the men with prairie fires, tornadoes, blizzards and pests and in general the women on the prairie became more independent than the women who lived domestic lives in East.
The frontier era was an important part of the American history and even the women were a numerical minority they learned to depend on themselves, to do whatever work there was to be done and to face danger as calmly as they were able.