By Lili Sandler, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern
Happy Independence Day! The Fourth of July is celebrated across the United States in commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. While no women were present to add their signatures to the declaration, their role in creating and preserving the freedom that all Americans cherish is equally important to our nation’s history. In this post, we strive to, as Abigail Adams famously directed her husband, John Adams, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, “remember the ladies” and their immense contributions to the nation's founding.
As we look forward to a day of parades, barbecues, baseball, and fireworks, we also look forward to a day to celebrate our great nation; a day to remember the battles won and lost, the sacrifices made, and the remarkable women who helped to transform those original thirteen colonies of 1776 into the United States of today.
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WOMEN OF COLONIAL TIMES
For a fantastic book that introduces many fascinating women of the Colonial period, budding historians will love Laurie Halse Anderson’s Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution (age 6 - 10). Women of the Revolutionary War played many roles, from tending to wounded soldiers, to sewing for the troops, to disguising themselves as men in order to fight alongside their brothers and husbands. With engaging and detailed illustrations by Matt Faulkner, this book will intrigue children and adults alike!
Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts has also recently released a new book for children about women's contribution to the American Revolution, Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies (age 7 - 12). Filled with beautiful illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, it features profiles on a diverse range of women who played significant roles during the period, including figures such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Franklin, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Continue reading