Is the American Revolution considered radical or conservative to women?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you could wind up with different ways to approach this.  For me, though, I would have to capitulate and end up arguing that the revolution was not radical for women.  I don't see the radical shift in power after the revolution was completed.  There were significant roles occupied by women during the course of the revolution.  Yet, once the dust settled, it seems to me that the British control over the colonists was replaced with American colonists controlling women and people of color.  For there to be some level of radicalism, I would have to see a shift in power or a change in the distribution of power and resources.  I don't see this in the Revolution, with one form of control being replaced with another one.  In the final analysis, I think that this is where the Revolution ends up becoming a conservative reality for women in that their economic and political rights were still not fully actualized and were locked in gender stratified roles, the same condition they faced before the conflict.

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