Women 's Oppression During The Land Of The Free

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Women’s Oppression in the Supposedly Land of the Free The Declaration of Independence represents justice, equality, and natural human rights. Written to liberate American citizens from British control, the document stood for the colonists to live as freely as they wished. As grand as this document is, the pronouns and terminology used throughout this document is in the eye of controversy when the rights and status of women become involved. Mary Wollstonecraft, writer of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is a major forerunner of the Women’s Rights Movement. Comparing her work to the Declaration of Independence, it can be seen that Wollstonecraft’s ideas can be served as a critique against the masculinity put forth in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration makes numerous remarks recognizing only the rights of men. This excluded women from being recognized in the Declaration. To bring these ideas to light, these remarks from the Declaration include, "All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (America In Class 1). As well as "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" (America in Class 1). The pronouns namely used throughout these remarks always refer to the male gender. Putting forth this sense of masculinity in the document, and the society that stands behind
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