abigail adams - 2 of 45


abigail adams' critics already beat us to the punch when they dubbed her "mrs. president" during her husband's time in office. granted, the moniker was intended as an insult, but it's perhaps one of history's most complimentary insults given to a woman in power.  

abigail adams was a powerful vocal advisor to her husband and did not squander her unique opportunity to have the ear of the president.  however, she certainly would have had more success in pushing the female agenda had she had been our elected leader. john and abigail exchanged over 1,200 letters, which she oftentimes used as a forum for discussing the ways in which her husband should rectify the pressing social issues of the day, namely women's rights and racial equality.  she famously wrote to john: "...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." 

john adams helped to usher in the adoption of the declaration of independence.  if abigail adams had been elected to the congressional congress and eventually office, would she have signed her signature on a document that said "...all men are created equal...they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights"?  or would we have a more gender neutral set of rules for our country?  and even more so, would we still be fighting for our unalienable rights?