Mirror to a feminist past so that the women of today may realize their potentialities in spite of changing world. These are stories of women afraid to fear -- and Indians, ladies and adventuresses, who helped open up the West and Northwest. Whitman, Eliza Spalding and Mary Walker, missionaries; Sisters from Belgium; Abigail Scott Duniway, suffragist and pioneer; Dr. Bethenia Owens Adair, pioneer physician; Jane Barnes, Anna King, Pg-Leg Annie, Molly b'Damn, Sacajawea, and other Indian women. More are primary sources. -- letters, diaries; here are reminiscences of descendants; here are records of their contributions in medical care, food, etc; here are stories of ordeals in travel, in children, in sickness, in isolation; of ingenuity, resourcefulness, of the helpless and the independent; of sacrifice -- a pattern that symbolises strength.