What role did women play in the American revolution? Did you know that women did a lot to protect our country? During The American Revolution, women did a lot to help and played a big role in protecting our country and fighting for independence. Women often took jobs when they were not able to support themselves, as their husband’s left for war. They became nurses, cooks, spies, and even secret soldiers, many women risked their lives at war, to protect our country. My goal for this essay is to explain how Women played a part in the independence of our country.
Women did just as much as men to protect our country, even when not being able to join the military. “ Women took many roles in the Revolutionary War” says Rebecca Beatrice Brooks, in the article, “The Role of Women In The revolutionary War”. During the early days of war,nurses were not used as much, “they became more prevalent in 1777”. During the time of The Revolutionary War, women were not allowed to join the military or fight in war, so they became secret soldiers by disguising themselves as men to fight in war such as “Mary Ludwig Hays” ,who, “replaced her wounded husband at his artillery piece, firing at the oncoming British”.
Some women became spies that helped spy on the British, although most did household jobs such as cooking and cleaning for patients in hospitals. “During the Battle of Fort Washington in November of 1776, Sania 2 Margaret Corbin was with her husband on the battlefield when he was suddenly killed. Since his cannon was then unmanned, Margaret Corbin took his place and continued firing until she was wounded herself.” she further says that, “These daughters of liberty did more than their share to help win America’s independence”.
Many joined for money to support their families as well as for an opportunity to fight for independence. The author is trying to prove that, Women played a big role in the independence of our country and helped to protect our nation, by taking jobs and even working as spies to help protect our country, even when not being able to support themselves due to their husbands leaving for war. Some women were able to risk their lives to fight for our country, and they played a big role in fighting for our independence.
Aside from working as nurses, cooks, spies, and secret soldiers they also came up with inventions to help treat patients in hospitals, as said in the article, “Nurses introduced innovations, however, to keep patients comfortable and help them recover, including stone hot-water bottles, combination lamps and food-warmers, varying sizes of china feeding cups, and ‘go-chairs’ (wheelchairs) and fan chairs (wheelchairs with fans.)”. They also came up with remedies to treat patients, aside from medicine, “milk in which oatmeal had been cooked and strained and to which beaten egg yolks, butter, and orange flavor were added) and beef tea, an extract of beef juices.” Women known as camp followers followed their husbands into the Continental Army, and some influenced politics.
The author of this article talks about of women tended to the domestic side of the army organization also fought in war when they were not allowed to join the military, Women such as Mary Ludwig hays who replaced her wounded husband and fought in war to protect our country and fought for our independence. As well as created inventions to heal patients. During the Revolutionary War women demonstrated that,they also could be a patriot and did things such as support in the domestic realm, civilian activities, were camp followers, and secret soldiers, and helped fight for freedom and independence.
Women proved that, they also could be a patriot, and worked just as hard as men to fight for our independence and freedom even if it meant risking their lives and going against the rule and joining the military. And they did just that, they proved that they could do just as much or our country than men, Men worked hard to protect our country too, but not alone, women also helped and proved that they too, can be patriots.
As said in the Article, “Although the war raised the question of whether or not a woman could be a patriot, women across separate colonies demonstrated that they could…, “ Women participated by boycotting British goods, producing goods for soldiers, spying on the British, and serving in the armed forces disguised as men.” During the time of the revolutionary war, women were not allowed to join the military or fight in war but were given household jobs or job’s a nurses, yet some disguised themselves as men by cutting their hair, binding their breasts and dressing as men as well as changing their name, so that they could fight in the war. They risked their life and some even lost their husband’s, families, and homes, even lost their lives.
Some of their stories are told and some still remain untold, yet so many women helped fight for our freedom and independence even when they didn’t have those rights, or the right to join in war. Men and women both did a lot to protect our country, fight for independence, and fight for freedom, for men who could not fight due to being wounded or hurt, women like Mary Ludwig Hays replaced them and fought in war. Women came up with inventions and remedies to treat patients, cooked, cleaned and did many other jobs for our nation. Would you be willing to risk your life for your country, and fight in war?