WOMEN: The Sisters of Abigail Adams

"Remember the ladies," Abigail Adams wrote to her husband when he went off to help write the Declaration of Independence. "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion." John Adams and the other signers did pretty much forget the ladies—but the ladies did not forget. Last week the sound of rebellion trilled across Capitol Hill. With banners flying, the not-to-be-forgotten sisters of Abigail Adams were on the march.

The nub of their demands was that women's suffrage was not enough. They demanded...

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