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?