Impact of the American Revolution on Women
However, in their own sphere, and sometimes out of it, woman participated fully in the revolution in all the ways that their status and custom allowed. As the public debate over the Townshend Acts grew more virulent, women showed their support for the cause of freedom by engaging in certain "feminine" pursuits. A common practice was to publicly ban English imports, especially tea, from their homes.
She lived, though her wounds left her permanently disabled. History recalls her as the first American female to receive a soldier’s lifetime pension after the war.
Of course, women worked as nurses and helped lots of wounded soldiers to survive or endure horrible pain. Furthermore, women also took part in the revolution as spies who managed to provide really valuable information. All these activities made women and their deeds become more ‘visible’. Men understood that their wives and daughters could contribute to development of their society in certain ways. Clearly, females felt the change and tried to obtain more rights and struggle for being equally active in the social life. Nonetheless, after the American Revolution, females’ contribution was quite underestimated. The British elite needed qualified and experienced politicians and military people. Therefore, females were again forced to stick to their households.
Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009. Print.