Women's Equality During The American Revolution

1509 Words7 Pages

Women’s View on Equality During the American Revolution?
When America fought a war against Britain for freedom and equality, was the equality only meant for men? In many history textbooks, the sections describing the American Revolution mentions a large number of men are honored with paragraphs of information, but women rarely get a sentence. Just like there were the Founding Fathers, there was also the Founding Mothers. With such strong feelings for equality, were the women of the American Revolution not inspired to fight for their own rights? With this question in mind, I begun to research books, newspapers and several websites. My goal in writing this paper is to discover whether or not the Founding mothers were feminists.
This paper is …show more content…

Women took “care of young children, brought and prepared food, directed the activities of indentured servants or slaves,” and taught religion and morals to their children (Gettysburg 1). The very identity of a woman is connected to a male’s, whether he be her father or her husband. When a woman marries, her identity and property goes to her husband. Although women living in the country worked outside the home, their work was generally for the family, not the outside world (Gettysburg 1). Examples of women’s work in the country include spinning, weaving, or churning butter, while in the city, women would work as seamstresses, or …show more content…

Some women managed businesses and others raised money for the troops, their patriotic hearts rivaled those of the men. Esther Reed’s “Sentiments of an American Woman” the idea that women should wear simpler clothing and hair to save money for troops, quickly caught
Chen 4 on after it was published. The women of Philadelphia went door-to-door to ask for donations, and in just a few days, they raised $300,000 (Roberts 126). The women of the Revolution took over businesses, ran communities, and raised bonds for the army.
Feminism, the belief that women are and should be treated as intellectual and social equals to men. By its nature, feminism supports the belief that “all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason --including equal civil rights-- and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle.” Feminists campaign in areas such as “reproductive rights, domestic violence, gay marriage, and workplace issues” (EKU). When an issue includes stereotyping, objectification, infringements of human rights, or sexuality-based oppression, it's a feminist issue. Contrary to popular belief, feminism does not mean putting the female gender above the male one, rather it promotes equality. Feminists are dedicated to fighting the ignorance of people, such as Mr.

Open Document