BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ March is Women's History Month, and the Bernards Township Library is taking a look at what life was like for women during the American Revolution _ an event in which Bernards Township and the Somerset Hills area played a substantial role _ with a presentation set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5.
"Remember the Ladies _ Women of the American Revolution?" will be presented by Joel Farkas, National Park Service volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters in Morristown.
Learn about the attitudes, expectations, legal rights, and health and medical issues for the colonial woman, according to the library.
Hear about the brave women, like Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and Lucy Knox, who defied expectations and made a difference in the war effort by fighting alongside the men, spying and spreading the word, according to a preview of the event.
The event is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. in program room B at the library, 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Registration is requested for the free presentation.
Bernards Twp. Committee recently marked centennial of voting rights for women in the U.S.
Earlier in February, the Bernards Township Committee marked the 100th anniversary of New Jersey's passage of the 19th amendment, giving U.S. women the right to vote.
At the meeting, Township Committeewoman Joan Harris quoted a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, former president and founding father John Adams, written at the time when the new country was being formed.
“In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I would desire you would remember the Ladies," Mrs. Adams wrote.
"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment Rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation," added the eventual First Lady.