If you read about how Abigail Adams, proto-feminist and wife of the second president of the United States, was able to exert unprecedented control over her family finances here, you’ll want to know more about not only her, but also the people surrounding her: her mother; Benjamin Franklin; James Lovell; John Quincy; and John, her husband.
In Abigail Adams, the new biography by Woody Holton, it is illustrated how Adams passionately campaigned for women’s education and denounced sex discrimination. She matched wits with her husband, Thomas Jefferson and even George Washington. And defying centuries of legislation that assigned married women’s property to their husbands, she amassed a fortune in her own name.
At Wonders & Marvels, we are giving away two copies of Abigail Adams. To enter, please comment in response to this question: Name the American woman you most admire. Contest is open until midnight EST, December 15, 2009. Sorry, but at this time we can only ship books to U.S. addresses only. (The winner of the MICHELANGELO contest was Caroline — congratulations!) Good luck!