“Patriotism in the female sex is the most disinterested of all virtues. Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the State or Government from having held a place of eminence…. Yet all history and every age patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering our situation equals the most heroic of yours.”
Letter to John Adams, 17 June 1782
Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.