Eliza is undoubtedly a strong, independent woman. It seems as if she can do whatever a man can do and do it better. She fought for her son's freedom and for a good life away from the bonds of slavery. Of course, any person is nothing without strength from God (Philippians 4:13). Eliza and the whole slave clan at the Shelby's residence is Christian. She had that child-like faith that God so strongly encourages His children to have.
"With one wild cry and flying leap" that was "nerved with strength such as God gives only to the desperate", Eliza took a leap of faith (Stowe 67). Eliza showed the most faith through her desperate leap across the river. A crazy woman might have done that. It took a crazy Christian woman in the right mind to do what she did. She risked life right there, but I think she knew in her heart that God was going to deliver her from that unseemly situation.
Stowe, Harriet B. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York: Bantam Books, 2003. Print.