The Woman Question in Colonial America


In 1776, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John, who is attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, asking that he and the other men--who were at work on the Declaration of Independence--"Remember the Ladies." John responds with humor. The Declaration's wording specifies that "all men are created equal." Abigail Adams was not asking for voting rights, but rather for legal protections with in marriage. A married women was subject to coveture laws that were incredibly restrictive and gave married women the legal existence of a child.

1777 Voting