A voice from the past

Men have yet to learn her lesson

While all the guys were talking about whether or not to leave the empire and give up their British colonial status to become a new and independent nation, Abigail Adams had some salient advice for her husband, John. She wisely pointed out that even though the men had assumed the leadership role, they could not forget that the colony, and then nation, also had women. And, women had intelligence and rights. Forgetting about them, or treating them as if they did not exist would be a very sorry move.

She warned that if forgotten, eventually the women would get what was theirs.

Unfortunately, bound to the ideas of their times, the men did not pay attention.

Now, here we are 236 years later, and the men have yet to learn. Most of the legislation for, or against what women may want, or is best for them, is decided on from a man's perspective in spite of what women may actually want.

It seems that during this present election season, and during this present Congress, much of what is being discussed concerning women is being discussed without their input.

So as a service to women, I offer these points made by Abigail Adams in her letter to John Adams which has been given the title “Remember the Ladies”.

Abigail's letter to her husband: “Remember the Ladies”

• 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.

• If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women.

• It is really mortifying, sir, when a woman possessed of a common share of understanding considers the difference of education between the male and female sex, even in those families where education is attended to... Nay why should your sex wish for such a disparity in those whom they one day intend for companions and associates. Pardon me, sir, if I cannot help sometimes suspecting that this neglect arises in some measure from an ungenerous jealousy of rivals near the throne.

• Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.

• Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex.

You go girl!!

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