Women in wars have played important roles in defeating the enemy. One helpful service was women serving as spies. As the men of the family went off to fight in the war, the women became the eyes and ears for important military intelligence. Because women were looked upon as not a threat, they were never suspected. Most female spies spied on the British for the Patriot cause. One example was Lydia Darragh, who pretended she was asleep and spied on the British, helping to prepare for a "surprise attack".
Soldiers in the Revolutionary War were often sick or wounded. George Washington made sure that they required good nurses, female nurses. He and Horatio Gates asked the congress to provide nurses. Female nurses were preferred because the males were needed to fight in the war. These nurses were constantly in demand, with the increasing number of sick and wounded.
Like the men, women were also a part of protests. In October, 1774, 51 women held a protest against British goods. This was called the Edenton Tea Party. 51 women signed a petition to ban English imports. They decided not to drink the tea or wear the clothes of the British. In fact, unlike the Boston Tea Party, the women signed their true names to reveal their real identities.