Today’s View of the Founders on Women
Wilson, Kerber, Current, Mason, Cummings, Burns, Stampp
Seven contemporary writers denounce the Founders’ view of women.
The Farmer Refuted
The classic argument for limiting voting rights to adult males who own property: so that voters are excluded who are dependent on the wills of others for their livelihood.
Letters on Women’s Rights
John Adams and Abigail Adams
Abigail lobbies for laws protecting women from their husbands' abuse, and John defends the legal authority given to men within the household.
John Adams to James Sullivan
May 26, 1776
Adams explains why women, children, and the poor are excluded from the vote.
Richard Henry Lee to Mrs. Hannah Corbin
March 17, 1778
There is no reason for single women who own property not to vote.
The Essex Result
Town of Essex, Massachusetts
(Theophilus Parsons, probable author)
On why women, children, and the poor do not vote.