If you think it will only add one sprig to the wreath the country twines to bind the brows of my hero, I will run the risk of being sneered at by those who criticize female productions of all kinds. ...Though a female, I was born a patriot.
Annie Boudinot Stockton (1736–1801), U.S. poet. As quoted in Past and Promise, part 1, by Wendy Pfeffer (1990).
In a letter to her brother Elias Boudinot dated May 1, 1789, in which she discussed publishing her poetry, which often featured patriotic themes. For a woman to publish her writing was generally considered somewhat inappropriate.