Abigail Adams is known for being the wife of John Adams, our first Vice President and second President, and mother to John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, but did you know she made feminist strides before there was even such a term? Abigail and John Adams have often been called "America's First Power Couple" and corresponded in over 1,000 letters between 1762 and 1801. In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail asks her husband that he remember the needs of American women while fighting for our freedom from Britain. She writes:
"I long to hear you have declared an in dependancy-and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors." Tweet This
"Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to forment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation." Tweet This
Nearly 150 years before women were given the right to vote, Abigail Adams made one of the first steps towards the rights for women. She is bold, insightful, and has the courage to challenge society which is more than can be said for many of today's young starlets. In closing, I would like to include my favorite line from her now celebrated letter:
"That your sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute, but such of you as wish to be happy willingly give up the harsh title of Master for the more tender and endearing one of Friend." Tweet this
In the words the great Shoshanna Shapiro, "We are the Ladies."
To read Abigail's letter in full as well as John Adam's reply click here.