Women of 1700

Secret and Surprising Feats

Great Acts by an Unexpected Savior

Sybil Ludington did a very heroic deed to help the militiamen defend Danbury. This single young woman that had children got on a horse in her normal pink, plain day dress and rode 40 miles on April 26 1777 to warn the militiamen to protect Danbury, Connecticut. Most people call Sybil the "female Paul Revere". Since Sybil has lived in new York all her life, going to Connecticut felt as if she was setting into a whole new universe. "I was very intrigued of all the foliage and how different people acted. I think that I might want to start traveling around to see new things," said Sybil. This grand action does not really change the way women are being treated. "It's like being a slave," exclaims Sybil, "I do the same things every single day." This is a revolution and we must include the women too.
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Freedom From English Law: That is What We All Need

We Deserve Respect

The American revolution is a hard time for women. They have many restrictions and their husband mostly control them. Getting married is one of the worst things a woman can do because even though this was the only way to get a status, they don't have a legal independent existence anymore. By English law they become femes coverts. This means that their husbands are the ones who protect them, but the husband also is the wife's master. All the women's money and land goes to the husband after they get married. The wives are stuck in a network controlled by men.

Wives are important though, they do so many things around the house other than cooking, cleaning, and watching over the children. They also butchered birds they raise, smoke meat, make cheese , sow clothes from the cloth they had spun, make soap, and preserve vegetables they had grown. Most of these chores are stereotyped as feminine. As the Revolutionary war wages on skills like sewing are more appreciated by men as a necessity .

During the American Revolutionary war some men either don't go to war because they like the English law, most of who are very rich. The poorer men go to war because of a promise of land, money, and freedom that is involved. Women that sign up to be in the war mostly had the same intentions of the poor men. They wanted diversity from England. Most women found a way to help in their closely knitted society made by men to help and not join the war. Just remember one thing, "...remember the ladies." - Abigail Adams


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