Listen Up, Ladies
by Taegan James
Disclaimer: I know these pictures have nothing to do with the content, but we took these today and they were just too cool to not share.
When it comes to education, Americans are taught that women were oppressed, weaklings that had no rights and were simply subjects to their “chauvinistic husbands,” as KrisAnne puts it. This is a blatant, intentional lie. Today I got to listen to a class I haven’t hear yet: “Founding Mothers.” Let me tell you, I was moved to tears by what I learned. There are dozens, hundreds, even thousands of colonial women that are NEVER mentioned in the public education system. Names like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Penelope Barker, Hannah Winthrop, Mary Bartlet, and Elizabeth Adams are not present in out history books, except for maybe one. Do you know which is the only woman I knew about after completing high school? Abigail Adams. Otherwise, these brave, female patriots were unheard of before my time at Liberty First. I was absolutely dumbfounded when I heard about what these women did for the cause of liberty. Let me tell you about them briefly. Mercy Otis Warren was the FIRST female playwright and the FIRST female historian. She was no exception regarding female status and accomplishments. Abigail Adams was a trusted confidant and correspondent to many Founding Fathers. Hannah Winthrop wrote to other women and helped gather support. Penelope Barker organized over 55 women for the second Tea Party meeting. Elizabeth King offered up her home for this momentous gathering. Mary Bartlet watched her home be burned to the ground, fled with her children, and was able to sustain them ALONE. Elizabeth Adams never once complained that her husband was always gone because she understood the importance of the work that desperately needed to be done. In fact, it was the women who almost single-handedly destroyed the British linen industry in the colonies by using their resources to make their own linen. They then traveled around teaching other women how to avoid purchasing British linen by making it themselves. Does this sound like an oppressed group of weaklings to you?
Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.
-A Devoted Patriot