->''Travelers in the backcountry often reported that women and men routinely shared the heaviest manual labor. Both sexes worked together in the fields, not merely at harvest time but through the entire growing season. Women not only tended the livestock but did the slaughtering of even the largest animals. Travelers were often startled to observe delicate females knock down beef cattle with a felling ax, and then roll down their sleeves, remove their bloody aprons, tidy their hair, and invite their visitors to tea.
-->-- '''''Albion's Seed'' by David Hackett Fischer'''

A DeterminedHomesteader can't [[SettlingTheFrontier Settle the Frontier]] alone, no matter how stubborn he may be. He needs an equally determined wife. At least in fiction, the Determined Homesteader's Wife is usually a strong-willed woman who's handy around the cabin and fields, and probably knows how to [[ActionGirl load and shoot a gun]]. And if she doesn't have those capabilities at the beginning of the story, she soon will have. Especially when those skills are required [[MamaBear to protect]] the DeterminedHomesteadersChildren.

The "prairie romance" subgenre of RomanceNovel will often have the protagonist becoming one of these, either from the beginning of the homestead, or as a mail order bride.

Has a tendency to become the DeterminedWidow if the main character of the story is TheDrifter or TheGunslinger.

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!!Examples:
* Ma Ingalls of the ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' series.
** Her daughter, Laura Ingalls Wilder, becomes this in ''The First Four Years'' and the sequel series about her own daughter.
** Ma Ingall's mother took it a step further and was a ''DeterminedWidow'' alone, with a mass of children, on the western frontier.
* Emily "Auntie Em" Gale of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' book.
* ''Sarah (Plain and Tall)'' was the mail order bride subtype.
* Alma Garrett of ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' was one of these -- for a very short time. When her husband died, however, she used her new-found freedom to pursue the life she'd always wanted for herself but that staid Eastern civilization wouldn't have allowed.
* Lisa Douglas of ''GreenAcres'' is a subversion of the type, being not at all interested in helping her husband make a success of the farm. Then again, he's something of a parody of the DeterminedHomesteader type himself.
* Some of the women in Literature/TheIcelandicSagas seem to have been like this.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein loved the uber version of this trope for female leads in space frontier settings. The ideal frontier wife, to roughly paraphrase, "should be able to fire a gun, pilot a ship, navigate by stars in space and on planets, skin and gut animals, build cabins and solve quadratic equations in her head while raising children." See, for example, ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''.
* The {{Traveller}} volume ''Sword Worlds'' contains in a sidenote, a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in which a soldier returns from the Fifth Frontier War to see his [[DownerEnding home wrecked by the war]]. Then he sees his wife, Ilja, gallantly rebuilding the house and after [[GladToBeAliveSex a suitable reunion]] joins her in rebuilding their family home to prove that nothing can break the spirit of a true Sword Worlder or a true Sword Worlder's wife.
** At the end of the book his brother comes along asking him to go on an [[TheEpic epic]] [[TheMigration voyage]] [[SpaceCossacks to save the sword worlder people]]. The returned soldier agrees that it is a worthy goal but not for him. He wants to take care of the homestead with his brave wife because TheresNoPlaceLikeHome.
* Claire Fraser becomes one of these (while retaining her status of ginormous {{badass}}) in the later books in the ''Outlander'' series. 18th Century American wilderness? Pssh, it can be beaten. (It helps that she has [[PortalToThePast all the medical expertise of a 20th century medical doctor]] and a good set of vaccinations.)
* An old record of Alaska songs that tells of one sourdough's idea of a dream mail order bride: "If she can mush through ice and snow when its 45 below, hurry up and send me the lady...If she can pitch a tent at night, don't need matches for a light when howling winds do blow...if she's like her photo looks... hurry up and send me the lady."
* A variation of this which may be called "determined captain's wife" existed along the Atlantic coast. The wives of Americas old [[ProudMerchantRace nautical aristocracy]] would have [[IronLady influential posts]] in seaports because their husbands were away at sea. Some went to sea with their husbands and became [[TheMedic medics]] or [[TheLancer de facto ships' officers]]. They had the same sort of determination and resilience as their Western sisters though they didn't have homesteads per se and even though at first glance they often seemed [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye prim and delicate]] from their high breeding. West or East, they raised 'em tough then.
** British Sea Captains in the Napoleonic Wars would have their wives with them, as the Admiral and Mrs Croft show in ''{{Persuasion}}''.
** Mrs Onedin is the last variation of this trope in the old British series ''Series/TheOnedinLine'' about a FamilyBusiness of nineteenth century English IntrepidMerchant s. Like her husband she seems a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold grim old sourpuss, until you know her better]]. But she is also a tough ApronMatron, and GoodWithNumbers and knows well how to [[IronLady berate rebellious underlings]]. She is tough and [[TheStoic stoical]] and [[MamaBear remarkably brave]]. She is almost the Onedin Line's [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind the Man]]. And in general she is a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Character of Awesome]].
* ''LetsPlay/PlagueAndTreacheryOnTheOregonTrail'' has Susan Neckebard, who was not that determined to follow manifest destiny as her husband at first, but his incompetence forced her to show off her phenomenal survival skills.
* Sabra Cravat of the Edna Ferber novel ''Cimarron'' and its 2 subsequent film adaptations. She settles in Oklahoma with her husband during the land rush and toughs out many years on the frontier, then takes over the family newspaper business when her husband leaves her due to wanderlust. She ends up becoming an important frontier figure in her own right.
* Marianne in ''CloudOfSparrows'' was one of these before [[PosthumousCharacter dying]].
* There's Nell [=McLaughlin=] of ''Film/{{Flicka}}'' who talks some some sense into her stubborn, horse rancher husband.
* Women of Lancre in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are modelled off the British version of this, the Determined Hillfarmer's Wife. Thinly fictionalised versions of the real thing turn up in James Herriot's Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall series.
* Kristina in ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' downplays and deconstructs this trope. She has trouble rooting in America, gets medical troubles from repeated child births and miscarriages, but is determined to create a good home for her family.
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