Oh isn’t it just hilarious how we always remember the men of American history – the Jeffersons, Washingtons, Adams’, Franklins, and Madisons? But wait, there were women too? You know, just casually hanging around in the background, right?
Buttons, Cornbread, and wait, Flags?
I mean, who could forget the thrilling tales of Martha Washington’s button collection or Abigail Adams’ groundbreaking cornbread recipe? They must have been the real stars of their time, no doubt.
And let’s not overlook Betsy Ross, who surely stumbled into sewing the first American flag while looking for her knitting needles. She couldn’t have had any real skills or intent, right?
Seriously, let’s acknowledge the incredible women like Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, who made history happen, yet their stories often got buried in the narrative. It’s a high time we give these unsung heroines the recognition they deserve!
Our Founding Females
Martha Washington: Often overshadowed in male-centric history, Martha deserved more recognition for her outstanding contributions as a Revolutionary War hostess. She skillfully orchestrated crucial discussions, forging vital alliances during wartime. Her unwavered support for George Washington during the war, as well as the hardships she endured alongside soldiers showcased her dedication.
Martha’s financial prowess ensured Mount Vernon’s prosperity, setting an example for responsible estate management. Her patriotic efforts extended to raising funds for troops and aiding wounded soldiers. Additionally, her role as the inaugural First Lady challenged stereotypes, proving that women could play significant roles in shaping the nation’s history.
Abigail Adams: Often overshadowed in history, she deserves acclaim for her indelible contributions. Her impassioned letters to her husband, John Adams, during the Revolutionary era urged him to “remember the ladies” when drafting the nation’s laws, laying the groundwork for future gender equality movements.
Abigail’s commitment to education extended to her own self-education, setting an example of intellectual curiosity and independence. Furthermore, her support for John Adams during the Revolutionary War and his presidency highlighted her strength as a partner and confidante. Her prolific correspondence provided invaluable insights into early American politics.
Betsy Ross: Another figure often forgotten, Betsy Ross deserves recognition for her enduring impact on America. She played a pivotal role during the American Revolutionary period by sewing the first American flag, a symbol of the nation’s identity.
Betsy’s craftsmanship and dedication are reflected in the stars and stripes that continue to wave proudly today. Her contribution was more than just stitching; it was an act of patriotism that resonates through the generations. Betsy Ross’s skill and commitment should be celebrated as a testament to the everyday heroes who helped shape the nation’s history.
Sheroes and Advocates
Harriet Tubman: Often under appreciated as well, Tubman warrants recognition for her exceptional achievements. Born into slavery, she not only escaped herself, but led around 70 enslaved individuals to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Her courage and resourcefulness in navigating perilous terrain demonstrated unwavering commitment to the abolitionist cause.
During the Civil War, Harriet Tubman served as a nurse, cook, and spy, contributing to the fight for liberty. She played a pivotal role in scouting and planning the Combahee River Raid, a military operation that liberated over 700 enslaved people. Her advocacy for women’s suffrage alongside Susan B. Anthony underscores her multifaceted impact.
Susan B. Anthony: Most essential to dedicating her life to women’s suffrage, co-founding the National Woman Suffrage Association and advocating tirelessly for women’s voting rights. Her arrest for voting in 1872 highlighted the injustice women faced. Her legacy extends to the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in 1920, and her commitment to equality and social justice paved the way for future generations.
Elizabeth Stanton: A pioneer of the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth co-authored the iconic “Declaration of Sentiments,” demanding equal rights for women during the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Her writings and speeches challenged societal norms, promoting women’s rights.
Collaborating with Susan B. Anthony and her strong beliefs in education and activism laid the groundwork for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. These remarkable women, often hidden in the shadows of history, deserve acknowledgment for their multifaceted achievements and their enduring impact on the American story.
Click here to check out Girl Spring contributor Bella Gentry’s post on activism and how you can begin voting as women!