First Women's Protest in U.S. PDF Print Email
Written by Ms. Kendall C. Rogers   
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 09:37 AM

Penelope Barker organized the first recorded women’s political demonstration in America. On October 25, 1774 Barker brought together 50 women in Edenton, North Carolina to sign a declaration boycotting British tea. This became known as the Edenton Tea Party.

She was quoted on that day saying, “We, The ladies of Edenton, do hereby solemnly engage not to conform to ye pernicious Custom of Drinking Tea, or that we, the aforesaid Ladies, will not promote ye wear of any manufacture from England, untill such time that all Acts which tend to enslave this our Native Country shall be repealed.”



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