Women 's Rights During Colonial Times Essay

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Women Argue For Their Rights During Colonial Times
In July of 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed with the idea that all men were created equal. However, “all men” seemed to only to apply to white males, since women were not granted many of the promises articulated in the Declaration of Independence. In response, Judith Sargent Murray and Abigail Adams demanded equality through their writings, On the Equality of the Sexes and the 1776 correspondence between Abigail and John Adams. Through their writings, Murray and Adams argue for access to the promises articulated in the Declaration of Independence by using their prior education and Enlightenment ideologies in their favor.
Several rights were promised in the Declaration of Independence, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the right to a representative government. These natural rights connect to one another in different ways. The right to life meant that all humans had a right to live and not to be held under the subjugation of others. The right of liberty meant that all men were entitled to be free which works into the right of life. The right to pursue happiness meant that all people had the right to live life as they pleased, as long as it did not harm others or was illegal. The right to a representative government meant that all men had the right to be represented in government business and that they would be taken into account when laws or taxes were created.
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