I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors.
Abigail Adams wrote this famous letter on 31 March 1776 to her husband John Adams, who was in Philadelphia serving in the first Continental Congress. Abigail had great concern for the political and moral state of her country. She argued in support of equality for women before the law, writing: "I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited powers into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could." Although Abigail's letter did not have the desired effect for women in her lifetime, she is considered a pioneering feminist by many modern scholars.
In honor of our 225th anniversary—and this time of year—the MHS hosted a tournament to select the favorite object from the Society’s collection. The 64 competitors, divided into four centuries of American history, were hand-picked to showcase the range of items in our collection.
Click completed rounds to view final vote counts.