Abigail Adams advocates for women’s rights in a letter to her husband John, March 1776, while he was in Philadelphia working on the Declaration of Independence.

“Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation.”

Photo: G.F. Storm, A. Adams, 19th century, engraving, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan