Abigail Adams is famous for melting down her pewter dinnerware and household items to make ammunition for the soldiers during the Revolutionary War. When her husband, John Adams, left for his various revolutionary and, later, ministerial duties, she also successfully ran the family farm.
Around the time of the Revolutionary War, Abigail Adams served the Massachusetts Colony General Court who commissioned her, along with a few other women, to talk to ladies in the area who were loyal to the British. This was only the first of her dealings with women's influence in politics. Because she and her husband were away from each other often for extended periods, the two of them corresponded through lengthy letters. In some of these letters, Abigail urged her husband, during the days surrounding the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War, to pay attention to the rights of women. She believed women's rights should equal those of the men. She did not bring the founding fathers around to her way of thinking, but she continued to campaign for various equalities for females, including the right to a formal education. Her husband went on to become the second President of the United States. Abigail Adams died before her son, John Quincy, became the sixth President.