Even the second First Lady had a tough time talking to her husband.

Our second President of the United States was John Addams, his wife was Abigail Adams a daughter of a minister, and of small education, only writing, and arithmetic, but that was more then most women in this age of the “Revolution.” The letters exchanged between the future president and his wife was during the time when John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson were drafting up the Declaration of Independence in 1776, she was writing to him about including the women in the declaration. That not only just the men should hold all the power, that women need to have independence just as well and be a part of the country’s power.

John’s retort to her letters of equality and respect? He laughed. He just plainly said that there were more important things on the declarations plate. It would be foolish to tack on something irrelevant, thank gods this has changed since then. I don’t believe that I myself, if put into Abigail’s shoes, would be able to stay with a man who would scoff at my dreams and ideas. It blows my mind that woman’s rights were looked down upon that much. I can’t help but say how much better it is today, yet at the same time have men still scoff at women rights.

Abigail Adams was a woman before her time, already knowing that women would suffer for decades to come after. She tried fighting for us long before anything was even considered being done about it.

 

~Jacki K

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One comment on “Even the second First Lady had a tough time talking to her husband.

  1. Very clever title. Witty. John Adams was probably more understanding than most husbands, and to leave him (she had children at the time) would have brought censure and penury. But it shows that she was not a victim–one of the raps on feminists, that they’re always complaining and whining.

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