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Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatly and Mary

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. History tells us that women were declined the right to vote until 1920, more that 144 years after the declaration of independence. In her letter to General Washington, Phillis Wheatley supports George Washington through the revolution. Her fight for freedom had been a long journey: Born in Africa, sold to an American family; she never had a taste of freedom. Her family taught her how to write and read, but many were not so lucky. In her letter to General Washington, she portrays freedom as a goddess; a goddess that is guiding Washington’s actions towards independence. Mary Wollstonecraft was more aggressive in her writings. After writing Vindication of the Rights of Woman, she became a classic of feminist history. She argued the fact that women had the right to be educated. She had very good arguments to support her theory. Women were responsible for the education of their children; therefore, it would make sense for them to be educated. She also argued that it would make marriages relationship stronger if women were equal partner with their husbands. She wanted women to be considered creature of reason. These women may not have made a tremendous impact on so...

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