Unveiling Inequality: The Struggle for Rights in America

1247 Words3 Pages

The Declaration of Independence of 1776 promised “unalienable rights.” However, these rights were targeted towards men. In the eighteenth century, the men who were provided with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” were white males. Although liberty was fundamental to the establishment of the declaration, minorities were disregarded. Women were citizens but did not have a voice in politics. In both Vindication of the Rights of Woman and “Declaration of Sentiments,” females argue for their rights to be freed from a man’s oppression. Inequality of white males was conveyed in Cannibals All! In addition, emancipation and the voice of African Americans was argued in the “Corner Stone” Speech and “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” …show more content…

In the nation, women make up approximately fifty percent of the population. Due to their sex, they are unable to obtain the same goals that are provided to men in Thomas Jefferson 's declaration. One notable difference between men and women is physiology. Nevertheless, Mary Wollstonecraft in the Vindication of the Rights of Woman states that both sexes were created equally by God (Wollstonecraft 45). Wollstonecraft’s argument is that rights should not be beneficial for one sex, but for all sexes since God created humans. Though there are slight differences between the two, women should have the rights as men, especially since they coexist together in society. In the "Declaration of Sentiments," Elizabeth Cady Stanton writes that women do not possess the right to property, right to vote or the right to formal education. In addition, the standards on which women are judged upon is harsher for women in the relationship between husband and wife. Cady Stanton relays, “In the covenant of marriage, she is compelled to promise obedience to her husband, he becoming, to all intents and purposes, her master—the law giving him power to deprive

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the declaration of independence promised "unalienable rights," but these rights were targeted towards men. in vindication of the rights of woman and "declaration of sentiments," females argue for their rights to be freed from a man's oppression.
  • Analyzes how the declaration of independence states that "all men are created equal," but neglects to acknowledge women.
Show More
Open Document