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Jennifer Ewers Seat 72 A Voice for the Feminine American Citizens While the intent of a piece of writing may be obvious, it may also be difficult to understand; a reader can better understand the author’s point of view by examining the article closely. Often, stories must be observed in more than one aspect to obtain the full purpose of the author’s writings. Although Abigail Adams’ letters to her husband John Adams and Olympe De Gouges’ Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen both focus on the enlightenment idea of equality among men and women, the two articles vary based on each article’s author, geographic location of authorship, and time period. Both Abigail’s letters and the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen express related views on enlightenment political ideas. The equality of men and women is the main focused enlightenment idea in each article. As John Adams and the founding fathers prepared the political framework to form a new nation, Abigail urged her husband “to remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them…” (Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776). Her persistence articulates the women’s desire to be viewed at the same level as men, one of the basic principles of enlightenment thought. While Abigail Adams advanced
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