The Role Of Women

In The Revolutionary War

By Marlee Meek

Before the Revolutionary War

Since women could not participate in political events in the colonies, their protesting of the British was not as noticeable as the men's protesting. However, women still made an impact by expressing their views and sometimes taking part in rallies.

Some women formed a secret society called the Daughters Of Liberty, much like the Sons Of Liberty, who staged protests against British taxes. Since the women did not buy and use British goods, they often had to make many of the items themselves, such as clothing.

During the Revolutionary War

Many women were married to men who helped in the war. Some women, including Martha Washington, came with their husbands to army camps. The women prepared and cooked meals, washed clothing, nursed sick and wounded soldiers, made bullets, sewed uniforms, and some women even helped fight.

Women of the Revolutionary War

After the Revolutionary War

After the war ended, a new system of government called republicanism started in the United States. This idea stated that instead of a king, the people would rule. At first, only land-owning white men could take part in governing by voting, or holding public office. However, women could help their nation by teaching their children the virtues that benefited public life such as honesty, duty, and the willingness to make sacrifices.