Hi, Phil. I am strongly of the opinion that these women had helped themselves. Today men aren’t the only ones anymore to do dirty and dangerous and these women most likely had to deal with the dangerous by themselves — likely no man was there to back them up, as they were supposed to, according to the ‘assigned’ role by the so called cultural norm. They owed nothing to anybody, hence their strength and agency.
The same goes for men, given the alpha/beta, bad boy/nerd male BS nowadays.