|1.||A new marital ideal invested republican women with public significance. They could transform husbands and sons into virtuous men and good citizens.|
|2.||Republican women needed access to an education that promoted a capacity for independence but perpetuated a preference for domesticity.|
|3.||Republican women needed to develop a sense of political understanding and competence to guide husbands and sons to civic virtue and guard them against public vice.|
|4.||Republican women were powerful enough to counteract men's criminal tendencies, reduce their greed, and motivate them to be liberty-loving soldiers and law-abiding citizens.|
Many founders were willing to accept, even applaud, women's influence, education, participation in political discussions, public writings and analyses, and efforts at moral reform in exchange for women's contributions to taming disorderly men and stabilizing republican society. Still, the founders did not invite women to assume citizenship. They perpetuated government as men's patriarchal preserve.