“Remember the Ladies” wrote Abigail Adams to her husband John in 1776, but we, just as the men of 1776, often ignore them. Come and explore the lives and roles of women in the last half of the eighteenth century. In these sessions we will analyze patterns in the lives of women of the era, the obligations, stresses and status. Learn about women as domestic partners in the business of farming and small businesses that sustained most families in the founding generations. Also consider women as mothers and the perils they faced in pregnancy and childbirth. Become aware of their position as wives in the civil society of the times. We will also look specifically at roles played by women during the American Revolution and the founding of the new government. We will look at the lives of both typical and atypical women as well as a woman who is both, Jane Franklin Mecom, whose brother, Ben, you already know.