Women In The American Revolution Essay

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Often historical events leading up to the twentieth century are dominated by men and the role of women is seemingly non-existent outside of reproduction. When one thinks of notable and memorable names and events of the Revolution, men are the first to be mentioned. The American Revolution was mainly dominated by men including George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. There is no denying that men were vitally important to the American Revolution, but what were the women doing? Often overlooked, the women of the Revolution played a key role in the outcome of the nation. The women of the American Revolution, although not always recognized, were an influential society that assumed risky jobs like soldiers, as well as involvement…show more content…
Unlike other significant women of the Revolutionary War, Reed was born and raised in London, England. Esther De Berdt, at that time, met her future husband, Joseph Reed, in England while completing his studies. The two were married and traveled back to the American colonies where Joseph worked as a lawyer. Even as America and Britain were on the edge of war, Reed grew to support American independence as her husband worked his way into the military. When Joseph became governor of Pennsylvania, Esther formed the Ladies of Philadelphia and wrote “The Sentiments of an American Woman.” She asked for women to help her actions, and together the organization raised three hundred thousand dollars through donations for the soldiers of the war. Reed wrote to General Washington with her plan to give the soldiers the money the women had raised, yet he denied her plan, proposing that the women use the money to create clothing for the men instead. The women began to buy linen and create shirts for the American soldiers. Reed’s organization was one of many similar groups across the nation, yet hers raised the most donations and thus influenced other women in other areas to do the same. When Esther passed away quite young, Benjamin Franklin’s daughter Sarah, took over and finished the amazing venture. Despite her hometown roots, Esther Reed grew into an American Patriot that influenced and motivated women to follow her
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