Raising Citizens

Girls' education became important after the American Revolution. The Republic wanted educated voters and counted on girls (as future mothers) to teach their children well. While the United States valued women as mothers, it denied them their personhood. Nationally, women had a voice but no vote until 1920.

Betsy Bucklin's Sampler, 1781

At age 13, Betsy Bucklin felt free to express her political views. She felt that women's virtues gave her a special voice.

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