The trials and excitement of pioneer life and survival are portrayed in these personal accounts by 15 diverse women (e.g., an artist, Mormon wife, homesteader, rodeo rider, and Native American) who lived in the unsettled Southwest primarily in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The events in these women's lives are told through their oral histories, diaries, etc. Their varied writing styles vividly portray their daily struggles in a rugged environment, as well as their newly discovered sense of personal freedom. A celebration of some unconventional women and an important view of the Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado frontier. Highly recommended for women's studies collections. Ellen Pine, Andover Elementary Sch., N.H.