Abigail Adams (1744–1818)
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This chapter discusses life history of Abigail Adams, a feminist thinker. Her most quoted line "Remember the Ladies" appears in a letter, dated March 31, 1776, written to her husband, John Adams, future president of the United States. John's role as a delegate took him away to Philadelphia where, as a member of the Continental Congress, he was a leading founder of self-proclaimed revolutionary forces formulating ideas about how to govern. Referring to the revolutionary movement of which John was increasingly becoming a major contributor, he implored Abigail "to take Part with me in this struggle". Abigail wants women to be positively positioned to live their lives more fully. She contests the many and various laws, barriers, and customs that diminish women to a vassal caste, a subordinate species, legally superfluous. Each time members of the "more numerous tribe" speak out and work together for women's greater freedom, we are that much closer to honoring the aspect of Abigail's legacy.