As the women in my book, Female Adventurers, were among the first women to set foot in New England in the seventeenth century, other women came behind them to accomplish many other first.
The Townsend Act of 1767 by Great Britain taxed tea with the intent of using revenues accrued to maintain British troops in America and to pay the salaries of some Royal officials who were appointed to work in the American colonies.
Of course, this did not go over very well with the colonists. New England colonists were strongly opposed to taxes imposed by the British parliament, complained that these taxes represented "Taxation without representation!"
In 1770 the Daughter of Liberty of the New England Colonies joined many others around the colonies and vowed not to drink tea imported from Great Britain until after the Revenue Act was repealed.