On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams penned a letter from their farm Peacefield to her husband, John Adams, laboring with the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to bring forth a new nation:
“…I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would 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.”
It was 144 years after Abigail’s letter desiring her husband to “remember the ladies” that American women finally got the right to vote all across the nation.
Today, 240 years after Abigail Adams wrote that famous letter, Hillary Rodham Clinton officially became the first woman candidate of a major political party for the Presidency of the United States of America.
It’s been a very long time coming, Abigail, and we still have so far to go, but I hope you are pleased this night.
Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired.
Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.