Women and the American Revolution

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Women and the American Revolution

Women of the American Revolution

Before the revolution, life for women was very restricted.- Married women had no authority to sign contracts, real estate became her husbands once married, no political rights.- Unmarried women paid taxes on property they owned.- All women were restricted from voting, holding political office, or serving on a jury.- Only women in the puritan colonies could divorce.- Inferior to men (Eliza Wilkonsin)

Women actively participated by making/producing goods in order for Amercan colonists to become independent of foreign made goods. They worked as cooks and nurses.- The Daughters of Liberty organized women to spin cloth.- Wives and women cooked for those who could pay or were generous enough to cook for soldiers for free like Sarah Osborne.- Regiments always sought women to nurse their sick and wounded, offering them a pay and full rations.

Women immediately gained a heightened signifigance to a traditional aspect of wives duties. It brought a new commenment of optimal eduration, and helped make husbands and wives equal. RESPECT.- Republican Motherhood; Abigail Adams- First American female academies were founded in the 1790's.

Women also gained new kinds of literature for a female audience, mainly written by women. This form of writing helped further expand education and literacy for women.- Susanna Haswell Rowson's Charlotte Temple . Her heroines provided examples of unjust suffering of women in a male-dominated world.- Seneca Falls Declaration,"We held these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal..."

Resulting Gains of the War

Before the war

Participation in the War Effort


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