Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Is For The Ladies...!

The ongoing war between the sexes has been going on probably since the Garden of Eden!

Little did we know that even the founding fathers were catching hell from their better half at the start of our country! I found that even John Adams had to stand a little harassment from his wife, who wrote him to keep in mind that the women were the real power in the future government! In fact, you could say that she pulled no punches about it at all!

Abigail Adams asks her husband to "remember the ladies"

On this day in 1776, future first lady Abigail Adams writes to her husband urging him to "remember the ladies" when drafting a new "code of laws" for the fledgling nation.

While John Adams participated in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Abigail remained at their home in Braintree, Massachusetts, managing their daily affairs in his absence. At the same time that Adams was preparing to publish his "Thoughts on Government" essay, which outlined proposed political philosophy and structures for the new nation, Abigail pondered if and how the rights of women would be addressed in an American constitution.

A prolific letter writer, Abigail never hesitated to debate her husband on political matters. She begged Adams to draft laws that were "more generous and favorable" to women than his predecessors had. She half-jokingly claimed that "all men would be tyrants if they could" and pointed out the glaring hypocrisy of male Patriots fighting against British tyranny if they should disregard the rights of half the population when drafting a constitution. Abigail warned "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."

Adams responded to his wife's letter, by teasing her in return and declaring that men were not really the "masters" of women but were "subject to the despotism of the petticoat." However, like their predecessors, Adams and his contemporaries failed to make codifying women's rights a priority. It was not until 1919 that Congress amended the Constitution to grant women the right to vote.

It has always amazed me that we, as men, managed to get that far in the history of our country before giving women the right to vote! After all, any man that has ever been married can tell you that "women rule the world"!

To tell the truth, I really don't have a problem with that! But then, I'm single!

How about some fresh coffee on the patio? Don't worry...I made it 'cause I don't have a woman around to help me! Any volunteers?


Anonymous said...

Women have the most important job in the world as far as I'm concerned. THEY CHOOSE WHO WILL FATHER THEIR OFFSPRING WHICH WILL INHERIT WHAT WE HAVE.

Meaning they pick who will be the next generation, the ones who will carry on (or make necessary changes) to the work our generation does now.

JoJo said...

Amen to that, I bet I would get along great with Abigail. :)
I would be happy to make the coffee for you but you live to far away.
Have a wonderful day

Kellie said...

hahahaha! I've read that before and the ONLY reason why women didn't get the vote any earlier is because they were voting THROUGH their hubby's! lol! "Honey you ARE going to vote for so and so, RIGHT?????" and the poor fella would.

I'd make the coffee for ya; but I'd probably not make it right. I like mine sweet and lot's of cream!

Mechanic in Illinois said...

I'm the master of the house because my wife says I can be. Thanks for the story and have a great Thursday.

HermitJim said...

Hey Anon 7:25...
I have to agree with you on that!

Sometimes I don't think the girls of today really understand what an influence they have on the men around them!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey JoJo...
Doesn't sound like it was all that long ago when you see it in print, does it?

Yeah, I know! You would if you could, but you can't so you won't!

Try saying that really fast!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Hey Kellie...
What you say is very true! Probably made more of an impact (and still do) on the vote than the men ever knew!

I appreciate the thought on the coffee this morning!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Mechanic...
I hear ya on that, my friend! I remember how it used to be!

Thanks for coming by today!

Phelan said...

When Husband does something silly I threaten him "Don't make me break out my feminine wiles" He laughs but knows what's what. :D

HermitJim said...

Hey Phelan...
You know, I can picture that in my mind without any trouble!

One way or another, women seem to get their way most of the time!

Power of the "weaker sex"!

Thanks for coming in today!

Tatersmama said...

I come from a long line of strong women who've never been hesitant about having opinions, or speaking their minds.
Now, keeping that in mind, fix me a cup of coffee please! ;)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for this story, HJ, and I agree that it is amazing that it took so long to give woman voting rights when they had them in their homes for many years earlier.
Have a great weekend!

HermitJim said...

Hey Tatersmama...
Most of the women I know are pretty strong minded...and not shy about letting folks know it!

How do you want that coffee?

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Beatrice...
Everyone always knew women were the boss at home, but it took a long time to get the boys to make it legal on paper!

No body was really fooled!

Thanks for dropping in today!

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