History seems to have forgotten so many women.

Fortunately, that is changing. More and more books are being written about the roles people other than white men have played throughout the years.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation (William Morrow, 2004) by Cokie Roberts is one of those books.

I learned about women who I had never heard of as well as more details about those whose names that were familiar. The bonus is I now have a better understanding of the United States’ early years.

I was intrigued by how much the women were doing to keep their households and family businesses going while their husbands were either fighting the British and/or forming a new government, or in another country for years.

This was during a time when married women could not own land. As wives they were essentially property of their husband’s.

These realities, though, did not stop many from participating in shaping this new country. They didn’t keep opinions to themselves.

Nearly everyone mentioned in the book could and should have individual books written about them—just like their more famous husbands.

There were parts of the book that bored me a bit. Or maybe it was just that I was having a hard time keeping track of who was who. Still, I’m better off for having listened to this book.

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