The eldest sons of members inherited their fathers" memberships. The status of women: the legal status of married women was defined as coverture, a married woman had no legal or economic status independent of her husband. Could not conduct business or buy and sell property. Do not put such unlimited power in the husbands . Ran the family homestead during the revolution, but she did not have the ability to conduct business without her husband"s consent: mercy otis warren. Challenged gender assumptions and traditions during the revolutionary era. Opposed british reform measures by publishing anti-british works: published a three-volume history of the revolution, stepped out of the female sphere and into the otherwise male- dominated sphere of public life, judith sargent murray. Advocated women"s economic independence and equal educational opportunities for men and women. Questioned why boys were given access to education as a birthright while girls had very limited educational opportunities.