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WOMEN IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR The fate of the European women who came to the New World in the early days of colonial settlement was a life of endless hard work Many of them who came were already accustomed to physical labor For those who were not they quickly adapted They had survived the first 150 years of colonial life in America by providing labor which transformed the forest into farmland The labor of every able-bodied settler was desperately needed and womens traditional work of providing food clothing and cleanliness was necessary for survival Over the years the women had overcome the test of time climate trials and tribulations and had helped build a country by hand In the year 1776 after many conflicts with the British and the taxation laws America was ready to break free and women were ready to help Many reputable women aided the cause They protested importation taxes by boycotting English products including tea a popular item in America Wherever women lived they contributed to the war effort Women spun and wove their own clothes in addition to making coats and shirts for the American army They gave up their jewelry and cooking utensils so that bullets could be made from them Almost all women supplied food and medical aid and they took over farm work and managed their husbands businesses while they were away fighting The Revolutionary war began and the women like the men were ready to do what they could to help From the times before and even after the Revolutionary war the general thought of the country was that the womans place was in the home Yet judging from the stories and writings of those who lived during the fight for freedom women could have bettered the nation if they had shared political power with men Instead they were relegated to the role of housewife laboring over the cooking and breast-feeding a
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