Pioneering Women and Early Government Leaders

Revolutionary Fighters

During the American Revolution, many women took an active role in the American cause, supporting the effort by boycotting English goods and organizing supplies for troops. As men left to fight, women took charge of the home during their absence. Some women followed the troops to battle, where they provided food, laundry and medical care to soldiers.

The United States honored two women, Molly Pitcher (c. 1754-1832) and Sybil Ludington (1761-1839), on postage stamps for their contributions during the American Revolution. These women represent the patriotism and dedication of many women as they rose to create a new nation.