Remember the Ladies
On July 18, 1776, a crowd gathered in front of the State House in Boston, Massachusetts. Everyone was waiting for the officials to read an important announcement. It was called the Declaration of Independence. The thirteen American colonies did not want to be ruled by Britain anymore. They wanted to announce their freedom.
The Revolutionary War, which had started in 1775, would last for seven more years. Abigail knew that women would have to fight for their rights too. Four months earlier, Abigail had written to her husband, John Adams, asking him to "remember the ladies" when making new laws for the country. She wasn't asking for the right to vote, but she did want fairer laws—such as allowing women to keep some of the money they earned, instead of giving it to their husbands.
John laughed at her wish. Yet Abigail went on to play an important role in the new nation. She took care of their home and children while her husband was in Europe making peace treaties with other countries. Years later, in a role that would become known as "First Lady," she helped President Adams make important decisions. Abigail had always been a woman with her own opinions. She had started speaking her mind long before, when she was a young girl in Weymouth, Massachusetts.