Today in women’s history: Abigail Adams attacked sexism, “fomented rebellion”

On this day in March in 1776 Abigail Adams demanded the Continental Congress and her husband John Adams consider women’s rights in their deliberations. Adams was the second president of the U.S.

Adams left behind a large amount of correspondence that revealed a strong dedication to the rights of both women and African Americans.

Her letter insisted the Continental Congress “remember the ladies” when writing the new laws that would govern the new nation. She warned, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

The letter proved to be a statement that latter equality movements drew inspiration from.

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