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Thursday, July 4, 2013

On July 4th, we always honor the Founding Fathers, but lest we forget...

On July 4th, we always honor the Founding Fathers, but lest we forget...

It was Abigail Adams whose intellect in her letters to her husband John Adams had a profound influence on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and was an early prominent opponent of slavery and racial superiority.

It was Hannah Arnett who rallied, or rather shamed, a group of colonial leaders who were considering a surrender to the British. When her husband asked her to leave the room in which she accidentally overheard their murmur of surrender, she threatened to divorce him, which was enough to inspire these group of men to continue fighting.

It was Catherine Moore Barry who single-handedly recruited troops and directly advised on the landscape of the Battle of Cowpens, which became a "psychological turning point" in the war and led to the British surrender at Yorktown and American victory not long after.

It was Margaret Corbin who, after her husband was killed, took his place at a cannon and continued firing until she was was severely wounded by the British. She became the first de facto woman combat veteran in American history when Congress awarded her a pension for her efforts.

And this is just a handful of amazing women who individually and significantly helped bring about American Independence in a time in which women couldn't own property, had limited access to education, let alone vote, let alone hold elected office.

Without women, the United States wouldn't have come close to existence.
Now, ask yourself this question: why, 237 years later, do we continue to treat women like second-class citizens in this country?

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