FC: Women of the American Revolution | Created & Written by - Bailey McConnell and Elizabeth Smith
1: Women - Before the Revolution | Before the revolution, Women did not have equal rights to men. (Especially if they were slaves) They could not: -Go to war -Go to school -Get a Job -Play sports -Vote -Run for government jobs They could, however: -Housekeep -Stay home -Cook -Do the laundry -Take care of the Kids -Tend to the family's needs Women of these ages had many restrictions, but because of The American Revolution and their contributions to the war that began to change.
2: The Change. | The American Revolution changed everything, for all women. With their husbands going out to war, they had many more responsibilities. They started to get the chance to do everything that they were | not allowed to do before. They were now in charge of their husband's business, crops and many other things that kept the colonies running.
3: New ways to help. | As the war went on, women found many different ways to play their part and contribute to the war. These contributions will later improve the overall rights of all future generations of women. | They contributed by spying on the British, boycotting British goods, following the marching armies, tending, washing and cooking for soldiers, and delivering secret messages. Some went as far as disguising themselves as men so they could serve in the army. It was a real turning point for all women and their rights.
4: Deborah Samson | Examples of two important and rebellious acts towards getting equal rights during the revolution. | Deborah Samson was born on Plymouth, on December 17th, 1760. She was not only a hard worker in her family life, but she was also a member of the Continental Army. She enlisted in the army, even though she was a woman, and disguised herself as a man. She was disguised so well that her own mother didn't even recognize her. She was finally chosen under Captain George Webb. Unfortunately, her secret was discovered by her doctor, and the word got out to General John Patterson. Thankfully for Deborah, the General didn't expose her as being a woman, disguised as a man.
5: Abigail Adams | Abigail Adams was married to John Adams and she was the second, first lady from 1797 to 1801. Abigail Adams is know for her the letters that she wrote to her husband while he was in Philadelphia. The Letters contained information about government and politic discussions along with updates on the Revolutionary War home front. She is most know for her letter sent in March 1776 about women's rights. The letter was not only sent to her husband but it was also sent to the Continental Congress. The letter asked that they, "remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. 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." Although they declined her request, Abigail was always a strong believer of women's rights. She especially believed that they, like men deserve an education. She believed that women deserved the same and equal rights as men and that husbands should not have as much power as they possessed. Her strong beliefs inspired many other women to take charge and go after the rights that they have desired for so long, changing the way everyone looked at women. This brought all women one step closer to be considered as equals to men. | Dear John,
6: Women of Today | The women of today are very different from what they were back in the times of the American Revolution. Now, women pay a much bigger role in today's society, government, and now can be equalized to men. For example, during the most recent Presidential Election, Hilary Clinton ran for President. During the American Revolution, Women running for any position of the government was unheard of. Now women are not only recognized as again, equals, but as equals with rights. The American Revolution was a big step forward towards womens getting equal rights to men and the credibility deserved. Just look where we are now, without the series of events that occurred during the American Revolution who knows where women would be today. | B E F O R E | A F TFE R
7: "Sometimes questions are more important then answers" -Nancy Willard | “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” -James Dean | “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” -Jamie Paolinetti