Founded in 1780 by Esther de Berdt Reed, the Ladies’ Association of Philadelphia raised money for the Continental Army through door to door fundraising. The organization raised over $7,000, which was used to clothe soldiers. Although heavily critiqued, the Association was one of the first American examples of organized political action by women.
To learn more,
Berkin, Carol. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence. New York: Vintage Books, 2005.
Beatty, Jacqueline.” Ladies Association of Philadelphia.” Philadelphia Encyclopedia. https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/essays/ladies-association-of-philadelphia/.
“Esther de Berdt Reed.” American Battlefield Trust. https://www.battlefields.org/learn/biographies/esther-de-berdt-reed.