Presentation Title

More than Mothers: The Essential Role of Women in the American Revolution

Faculty Mentor

Andree Leighton

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 146

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Throughout American history, there has been an unequal focus on men’s contributions to the creation of the United States of America through the American Revolution. While in recent years the public’s attention has been increasingly directed to the impact of select Revolutionary women, there are still hundreds of women whose contributions to the American Revolution remain unknown. The research aims to help shift the existing public pedagogy and its portrayal of men as it explores the socialization of change through the various roles women played during the war. The research analyzes the roles women played on the homefront and battlefield as well as how Revolutionary women pressed against the gender roles that confined late eighteenth-century women to what was known as the “domestic sphere.” In addition, the research inspired the creation of an Atavist, a social media tool, to make some of the research findings available to younger audiences and the general public.

Summary of research results to be presented

Through the use of multiple academic articles and resources, this research uncovered the various roles women played during the American Revolution and the contributions they made as they altered the expectations of women in the late eighteenth-century. As seen through their actions as fighters, camp followers, spies, messengers, organization founders and much more, Revolutionary women worked against the limits of the “domestic sphere.” The need for assistance during a time of war and disruption permitted these women to take on positions that were traditionally occupied by men and therefore temporarily enter the “public sphere” they were previously restricted from.

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Nov 18th, 2:15 PM Nov 18th, 3:15 PM

More than Mothers: The Essential Role of Women in the American Revolution

BSC-Ursa Minor 146

Throughout American history, there has been an unequal focus on men’s contributions to the creation of the United States of America through the American Revolution. While in recent years the public’s attention has been increasingly directed to the impact of select Revolutionary women, there are still hundreds of women whose contributions to the American Revolution remain unknown. The research aims to help shift the existing public pedagogy and its portrayal of men as it explores the socialization of change through the various roles women played during the war. The research analyzes the roles women played on the homefront and battlefield as well as how Revolutionary women pressed against the gender roles that confined late eighteenth-century women to what was known as the “domestic sphere.” In addition, the research inspired the creation of an Atavist, a social media tool, to make some of the research findings available to younger audiences and the general public.