How did the Revolution affect the way American women thought about their status?

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One of the most important social consequences of the American Revolution was the creation of the revolutionary spirit. Independence for the colonists radically affected the way in which Americans viewed all aspects of their life. For women, this revolutionary spirit created a strong need for liberty and freedom, in a time when women were considered subservient to the men around them. Women now wanted to be treated as equals and to be respected for their contributions, both during and after the Revolution.

Perhaps the strongest evidence for this belief in improved equality for women can be found in this quote from Abigail Adams, referenced from a letter to her husband in 1776: "We have it in our power not only to free ourselves but to subdue our Masters, and without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet."

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