American Revolution; Early Republic
Counseled John Adams and encouraged US founding fathers to not leave women out of the freedoms and privileges of the new republic
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Adams was an activist for women’s rights, reminding her husband to “remember the ladies” as our forefathers created a new code of laws for the nation. As first lady by virtue of her marriage to John Adams, Abigail advocated for married women’s property rights and for the educational rights of women. She is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband where she counseled his political actions; their correspondence was filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics.
Keller, Rosemary. Patriotism and the Female Sex: Abigail Adams and the American Revolution. (Brooklyn: Carlson, 1994).
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