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Abigail Adams

Revolutionary War She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Women's contributions to our country's independence are not often acknowledged. As we celebrate the 4th of July and the birth of our country, see how many of the Revolutionary War she-roes you can match with her accomplishment.

Honoring Our Mothers

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

On Mother's Day each year, we honor our mothers. These are the women who gave birth to us, raised us and helped launch us as adults. Mothers throughou...

A Founding Mother on Women's History Month

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.

Poll Shows Which First Lady Is Viewed As The Best

AP | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — A survey of academics has found that Eleanor Roosevelt was the nation's best first lady. Michelle Obama ranks fifth. The findings f...

Do Symbols Matter?

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Words only have meaning if they are put into action, and their transforming power is realized. The Bible is truly sacred, but if all we do is carry it around, it becomes just another book.

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?

The Founding Fathers Fouled Up

Martha Burk | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the daughters of 2013 still don't have equal constitutional rights with men, though many Americans think otherwise. Nope.

Historical Abigail Adams Site Reopens

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- Abigail Adams' birthplace in Massachusetts has reopened to the public after being closed for two years for major structural renovat...

Time to 'Remember the Ladies' -- in Central Park

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Myriam Miedzian

There is a long history of not hearing about outstanding women, or forgetting them when they die. It's part and parcel of not seeing them represented in public places. Making women visible in Central Park would be an important step in correcting this.

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

QUIZ: Which First Lady Are You?

Posted 01.21.2013 | Women

At the presidential inauguration Monday, all eyes will be on Obama. But it's also a time for us to celebrate the First Family -- particularly First La...

LOOK: George Washington's Five O'Clock Shadow Restored In Famous Painting

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 09.01.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Sixteen paintings by American artist Gilbert Stuart of some of the nation's founding fathers and other figures are showing their true co...

Name The Foxy First Lady: A Fun Quiz! (PHOTOS, POLL)

Lindsay Mannering | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lindsay Mannering

First Ladies have always garnered public attention. Their activism, political prowess, and style make most of them household names. Just recently, M...

The Women's Deliberation Movement

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

In this era, we can no longer afford for deliberation, defined as "leisureliness of movement or action; slowness" to define us as women.

Bancroft Prize

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Biographies of Abigail Adams and Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange are among the winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize f...

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As it gets closer to Christmas, book review sites start looking back over the year, and reviewing fewer new books, but there are still some out there ...

Boo! Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln Rumored To Haunt The White House

Washington Post | Moira E. McLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

The White House wasn't finished when she moved in, so she used the still-under-construction East Room to dry her clean sheets. Her ghost is said to wa...

Sex and Voting

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified by the necessary two-thirds of the states and women were granted the right to vote. Somewhere Abigail Adams was smiling.

Remember Mama?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

The stress and struggles women workers and their families undergo while trying to do their jobs are not only a national disgrace -- they're completely unnecessary.

Hello Dolley! And Jackie and Mamie and Nancy....A Brief History of Showing 'Skin' In The White House

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

As a First Lady historian, there's something humorous in the current "debate" about whether showing skin is socially acceptable for First Ladies. It's been a topic of discussion since the start of the presidency.

Tip #6 for Our 44th President: Listen to Your Mother-In-Law

Emily Main | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Emily Main

In honor of these wise women, we've compiled a list of some of the nation's former First Ladies (and grandmothers and mothers-in-law) and their contributions to a better planet.