Wife of John Adams, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams was known to advocate education in public schools for girls even though she never received formal education; however, she was taught how to read and write at home and acquired the opportunity to access the library of her parents where she broadened her knowledge of philosophy, theology, government and law. The informal education provided her with a basis of political ideas influenced by her grandfather, John Quincy. Both his teachings and his interest in government moved Abigail towards the thoughts and ideals that she carried through her involvement in the early colonial government. Abigail Adams desired both boys and girls to have access to education. In addition to advocating women’s rights, Abigail Adams often managed household finances and controlled the farming of the property due to John Adam’s absence from his long travels. Through her management in farming, Abigail Adams demonstrated the abolishment of practicing slavery when her farm served as a model that slavery was utterly unnecessary.
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When John Adams attended the Second Continental Congress, Abigail Adams wrote to John suggesting that the new government incorporate women’s equality. In fact, when devising the new laws for the new nation, Abigail Adams renownedly stated “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 Represent...
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...y in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable 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 perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”
Abigail Adams has been regarded as one of the earliest leaders in the Women’s Rights Movement. However, there is not any highly notable achievement or advancement upon the issue. If Abigail were not to have had such a pertinent role in government at that time (as a result of the marriage to John Adams) would there be the same level of women 's rights currently in place?
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