The Edonton Ladies Tea Party
Edenton Ladies Tea Party cartoon
 Edenton Ladies Tea Party
Many women took the lead in the boycott of English goods. A group in North Carolina were lampooned by a British cartoonist as the Edenton Ladies Tea Party when they dared to sign a pledge to support colonial resistance to British measures, including a continued boycott of tea.

This was one of the earliest organized efforts on the part of women to influence public policy. In the 18th century, politics was thought to be an improper sphere for women, but the American Revolution nudged this dictate toward liberalization. The first nationwide women's organization, "The Ladies Association," was organized during the war in Philadelphia by Esther de Berdt Reed. It raised money for Washington's army and was known, somewhat derisively, as "Washington's Sewing Circle."