Women in the Revolutionary War

What was their role?

Did women fight in the war?

No, the revolution was not a one-gender war. However, many women contributed to the war effort don't get enough credit. We now consider women who followed the army, "camp followers." That exact name was not used in the eighteenth century. Females who followed Washington's army were looking for shelter, food, safety and work. As much as Washington and the others refused to admit it, they needed them. Some officers believed that having women around was a huge distraction to the other soldiers. They thought they got in the way of operations and took away the professional appearance of the camp.

What were "Camp Followers?"

That exact name, "Camp Followers" was not used in the eighteenth century. Females who followed Washington's army were looking for shelter, food, safety and work. As much as Washington and the others refused to admit it, the soldiers needed them. Some officers believed that having women around was a huge distraction to the other soldiers. They thought they got in the way of operations and took away the professional appearance of the camp.

WOMEN PLAYED A HUGE ROLE!

Conclusion

The contributions of women throughout the revolution was and still is very overlooked. Even the soldiers had said they needed the women as much as the women needed them. I personally believe that the women's roles and contributions should be celebrated just as the men's are. I also believe that students should be educated on the most important women and their accomplishments just as much as the important men and battles.
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