Women’s History Month – Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams (1744  – 1818) tried to make woman equal to men from day one in the United States.  She fought against her husband, future second president, John Adams, to make the Constitution read that men  and women were created equal.  She recognized that bad men would always abuse women, if allowed the power to do so.

For several generations, that was a rare occurrence.

Now, as paying jobs disappear, and people fear starvation, and loss of homes, it is becoming more of a reality every day.

Abigail Adams was the first to claim that if women’s rights were not protected, they would rebel, and make their needs known.  Eventually, they did so.  The right to vote was finally granted in 1920. Although a few states granted women the right sooner. Domestic violence laws began to take shape in the 1970’s.  It was 1978 before women were protected from losing their jobs due to pregnancy, although, in fact, they often do.

Even today, we fall behind other countries in treatment of women.  Denied healthcare.  Denied maternal leave.  Denied time to spend with the children they do give birth to.

Abigail Adams, the first first lady in the white house, foresaw the recent events that have continued to keep women from being equal to men in out society.  She foresaw the dangers, and requested equality from the beginning of this country.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.biography.com/people/abigail-adams-9175670#marriage-to-john-adams

http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/firstladies/p/p_abigailadams.htm

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