“I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, 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 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 representation.”
Abigail Adams in a letter to her husband John Adams,
March 31, 1776
ABIGAIL ADAMS WAS RIGHT.
Over the following centuries women have gathered together in protest to demand the same rights and privileges of men. One right in particular took almost 72 years to accomplish nationwide: the extension of voting rights to women.
WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG?