Women in the United States have a rich history of advocating for equality, from Abigail Adams’ plea to her husband to remember women in governance to modern milestones like Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination for president. While progress has been made, barriers remain, and the fight for equality continues.

March 31, 1776: A Bold Letter

In a letter to her husband, Founding Father John Adams, future first lady Abigail Adams urges him and the Continental Congress to prioritize the rights of women, warning against unchecked power for husbands and emphasizing the need for female representation in lawmaking. She asserts that if women continue to be disregarded, they will take action, refusing to abide by laws in which they have no say.