Penelope Barker had had an eventful life even before the famous Edenton Tea Party. She had three husbands and lost two to death; the third died in 1787. She bore six children, mothered three of her first husband's, and saw eight of her children die. The Edenton Tea party took place on October 25, 1774 and is the first recorded women's political rally in America. Barker organized fifty women to participate in order to send the English government a message of what women in North Carolina were prepared to do to resist repressive laws.