In the 18th Century, women were not expected to be educated, nor did their opinion have any weight in society. Many women were against those unspoken rules but only a few would dare attempts to make the necessary changes. The following women not only were educated but also had the courage to write and publish their work about freedom.
Abigail Adams, John Adams’ wife wrote to him at many occasions, during the revolutionary war, about current politics in America. She insisted for him to change the code of laws and to allow more freedom to women. John Adams was not
as open minded as his wife and refused to make any changes that would liberate women. Abigail Adams was so insisting that she promised a rebellion if nothing was done to emancipate women. These women did not have the weight in society and the resources available to us today; but they pursued their ultimate goal in the quest of freedom. Mary Wollstonecraft was more aggressive in her writings. Her family taught her how to write and read, but many were not so lucky. She argued the fact that women had the right to be educated. She had very good arguments to support her theory. In her letter to General Washington, Phillis Wheatley supports George Washington through the revolution. These women may not have made a tremendous impact on society at that time but today, we admire their audacity and tenacity. She wanted women to be considered creature of reason. After writing Vindication of the Rights of Woman, she became a classic of feminist history. Her fight for freedom had been a long journey: Born in Africa, sold to an American family; she never had a taste of freedom. History tells us that women were declined the right to vote until 1920, more that 144 years after the declaration of independence. Women were responsible for the education of their children; therefore, it would make sense for them to be educated.