Abigail Adams

Early advocate for women’s equality

Abigail Adams was born on November 11, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the daughter of a Congregational Minister.  When she was 19 years old, she married future leading patriot, Founding Father, and second President of the United States, John Adams.  Her son, John Quincy Adams, became the sixth President.

Witty and insightful, on the eve of the American Revolution she drafted an outline for the codification of gender equality generations before such thoughts were seriously entertained.  She also wrote to her husband that men were “Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute. . . . Men of Sense of all Ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your Sex.”  John Adams shrugged off her suggestions in his reply.

Her correspondence with her husband has been a treasure trove for historians regarding the Founding Fathers and their era, and reveals an illuminating, serious, and influential contributor to American thought.

She died on October 28, 1818.

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Picture:  United States Mint (2007)



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