Sunday, March 11, 2012
When the British redcoats forced Philadelphia Quaker housewife Lydia Darragh to allow them to use a room in her house to hold high level logistical meetings in 1777, they didn’t realize that they were pressuring an in-your-face woman. Darragh hid in a closet to listen to their plans and then sneaked back to bed before being caught.
Pretending she needed to travel to get flour, Darragh got the information about troop movements to Washington’s headquarters and then lied to the Brits when they came back around trying to see who might have sold them out. Being a "housewife" can be such a demanding job!