Beth Kelly, PhD, from DePaul University, explores the remarkable life of Abigail Adams, who was the wife of one president, John Adams, and the mother of another, John Quincy Adams. Although denied formal education, she left a rich legacy of letters in which she documented the issues faced by women in the 18th century. She served as her husband’s closest counsellor and staunchest supporter throughout his service as a founding father, as a diplomat in Paris and London, and as the nation’s second president elected in 1796.
This history reveals how wealthy women shaped the women’s movement, funding the fight for the right to vote, higher education for women, women’s labor activism, and birth control. Author Joan Marie Johnson, PhD, of Northwestern University explores the empowering advancement of women’s rights, as well as the tensions caused by inequality in a movement for equality, issues that are relevant to women today.