7. Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
Abigail Adams is in an exclusive club of only two women who have been the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another. Abigail was bright, educated, opinionated, and persuasive. She and her husband, President John Adams, were an equal team in the management of their farm, raising of their children, and running the new United States. John Adams often relied on the wisdom and advice from Abigail when dealing with important political issues of the day. She was outspoken on such topics as rights for women, abolition of slavery, and educational opportunities for women.
Although she was separated from her husband often due to his political career, she kept up lively correspondences with him, helping to influence his decisions when setting up the new United States.