Women's Rights In Colonial America

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Women’s rights In colonial America, women had very few rights, with married women having even fewer rights than single women. Once married, a woman was generally required to give her husband control of her property. Most women were not allowed to keep their own wages, have custody of their children, or vote. One exception of note occurred in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, in 1756, when Lydia Chapin Taft voted as her deceased husband's proxy in a town hall meeting. She voted two more times, in 1758 and in 1765. Abigail Adams, whose husband John would become the second president of the United States, was an early advocate of women's rights. In a letter from March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband, who was attending the Continental Congress
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