"Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable 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. . . . Emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining absolute power over Wives. . .
. . 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
Abigail Adams, March 1776 to her husband John Adams, when the Second Continental Congress was drafting the
Declaration of Independence