Women in the Revolution

The unsung heroes


Women in the Revolution

Kofi Annan once said “ There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women,”. Clearly, women have had an influence and have affected history since the beginning of time. They especially had an influence in the American Revolution, though they weren’t acknowledged as much as soldiers, who were only male . Seeing that they had no legal control property and couldn’t sign legal documents, they didn’t have many rights, and their husbands took care of most things involving the law, these women wouldn’t have been able to support themselves without them. These women were called Feme Coverts, women who relied on their husbands for money and legal control. The majority of the women at that time were not properly educated, so they wouldn’t be able to support themselves without their husbands. Women also had many jobs. They were supposed to have many kids, cook clean, make clothes, manage a household make their own supplies, teach their daughters how to do all these things, help their husbands with their jobs and serve them, and most importantly listen to their husbands. Most had to do all these tasks by themselves, as only the upper class had slaves. Though it may seem as they didn’t really affect the war, these jobs were vital and made women some of the most unsung heroes of the revolution. Women were some of the most important women as spies, in politics, and in the war effort during the American Revolution.

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What's important to know about Women in the Revolution

-Women could discreetly send messages because no one ever examined their actions too closely & they were never under suspicion.

-No one was afraid to say anything in front of the, so they could get information easily

-Many of women´s ideas were taken by their husbands as their own ideas

-Some women campaigned for supplies, and wrote about their beliefs.

-Some women were camp followers, and followed their husbands off to war

-They would perform chores, like cooking, cleaning, sewing, hauling water, gathering firewood, being nurses, and wash clothes.

-Washington understood their value, and realized that they helped by freeing men from nursing duties and allowing them to fight instead

-They needed the army, and more importantly the army needed them

by Ashima