American Patriot. Early (and possibly the first) American Woman Political Activist. Penelope Pagett Barker, wife of Thomas Barker, was a prominent leader in the Edenton Tea Party. Following the famous Boston Tea Party, she gathered a group of fifty women. Wanting to show support for the Patriot war effort, the women signed a declaration pledging to stop drinking English tea, which Mrs Barker then sent to a London Newspaper. While the women were highly criticized by British journalists, American Patriots praised their efforts, and many Colonial women began boycotting British goods.
Bio by: Michelle Woodham