March was Women's History Month. But virtually ignored is one woman who played a central role in American history—Mercy Otis Warren—who died 200 years ago this October.

Termed "The Conscience of the American Revolution" and called a genius by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, Mercy Warren was a leading force behind our freedom. Sister of James Otis and wife of James Warren, both revolutionary leaders, Committees of Correspondence were born in her house and she hosted groups including the Sons of Liberty. However, her writing—pro-independence plays, poetry, and correspondence, objections that the U.S. Constitution omitted a bill of rights and a three-volume eyewitness account of the revolution–made her someone we should heed, along with our founding fathers.

Once aroused to a consciousness of the native freedom and equal rights of man, every one revolts at the idea of servitude. . .

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