Wife of John Adams.
Wife of John Adams, mother of John Quincy Adams. She was the first Second Lady of the United States, an informal title for the wife of the Vice President of the United States.
Important because she was a very intelligent person where her opinions influenced the president, her husband obviously had huge influence. This was because he consulted with her for her opinion on many things and frequently tried to see things from her viewpoint. She was an advocate for expanded women's rights and education. She saw Revolutionary era ideas about independence and liberty as an opportunity for women (it didn't work).
Wrote a now-famous letter asking husband John to "remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." He replied, "As to your extraordinary code of laws, I cannot but laugh." Her response: "I cannot say I think you are very generous to the ladies...."