Colonial women took charge of farms and businesses when their husbands, brothers, and fathers went off to war.
These women kept the economy going.
In Philadelphia and other cities, women went door to door raising money to support the American troops.
In addition, thousands of women traveled with the troops to provide needed services. They cooked for the soldiers and helped care for the wounded. During battles they brought water and bullets to the men on the front lines.
In 1773 Boston patriots, dressed as Indian warriors, boarded ships in the harbor and threw British tea overboard to protest ongoing British taxes.
Women helped the men put on their disguises and were ready with pails of hot water to remove the war paint quickly once the deed was done.