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A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/16/24

Day #240

Abigail Adams wrote to John Adams in 1776, “All men would be tyrants if they could.” Although she was referring to how most men treated women in her era, I can’t help but think how true this is when comparing men to their dealings with other men, as well as with women.

Abigail was a proponent of public education for women and equal roles in society and public life. While John was generally in favor of public education for women, he never came around to accepting them as full participants in public life.

This unfortunate stigma still can be found in our society 250 years later. What is particularly disconcerting is that there is a movement afoot by conservative influencers to turn the clock back, rather than recognize the virtue in this perspective.

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