Roberts’ biographies showed a consistent pattern among the women – they were weaving the political and domestic...
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...y astute Dolley Madison used her charisma to gain Elizabeth Merry’s friendship and mitigated the tense situation.
Women were expressing their political opinions, but their views were still primarily communicated in private. Although often very outspoken, women’s spoke predominately in the drawing rooms, correspondence and among close friends and relations. Collective action was limited and women had no real influence on political decisions. (Kerber 12). The writer known only as the “Female Advocate” spoke for many when she said: ”Say now, shall woman be forever destined solely to the distaff and the needle, and never expand an idea beyond the walls of her house?” (Kerber 277) The years following the Revolution were a time when women were pushing beyond these boundaries and setting the stage for the continuation of women’s fights for further freedom and rights.
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