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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 31st

On this day in 1776, Abigail wrote to her husband, John Adams: "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."

Many women came to the New World with the idea that it was a place for Civil and Religious freedom. WOMEN LOST THE RIGHT TO VOTE: New York 1777, Massachusetts 1780,
New Hampshire 1784.
And then in 1787:
US Constitutional Convention places voting qualifications in the hands of the states. Women in all states except New Jersey lose the right to vote.
Women Join the Abolitionist

In the 18th century, women in America rights dwindled as the laws of England influenced law in America. And in the 19th century women began the hard road toward suffrage and removing the concept of Coverture
But, why? Coverture.
COVERTURE: Obs. in most nations. The state or condition of a married woman. During coverture, the being of the wife is civilly merged, for many purposes, into that of her husband; she can, therefore, in general, make no contracts without his consent, express or implied.
To this rule there are some exceptions: she may contract when it is for her benefit, such as to save her from starvation.
In some cases, when coercion has been used by the husband to induce her to commit crime, she is exempted from punishment.

Oppression is a common theme in human history. And who the oppressed are changed with the society.
But the United States is a democracy, we as a society claim that all are free. It is still not so. Women are still not protected under the Constitution. And at this moment, today right now- teachers incomes are being slashed at alarming rate. Yes, more than 79% teachers are women.