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Willie Bynum Intro to Writing Dr Sally Canapa 25 November 2002 Men and Women Are They Equal Are men and women equal This question has been contemplated for many years The answer may never be found but its a lot closer than it used to be Elizabeth Cady Stanton writes in Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness that to secure these right governments are instituted deriving their powers from the consent of the governed 172 Stanton quoted the great Thomas Jefferson in The Declaration of Independence She chose to change the wording around slightly She made it apparent to her readers that she felt that men and women are equal After understanding how she felt and what she believed one can ask the question whose fault is it Why were women treated unequally Is it the governments fault or is it societys fault Should the government be blamed and therefore have to make it up to women now Jefferson and Stanton lived in completely different times Jefferson lived in a time when men were the decision makers Women were not allowed to do numerous things There werent allowed to vote own land or even got to school How would the society of 1776 have taken the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions They wouldnt have taken it very well Even though the Declaration of Independence talked about equality societys perception of equality was not the true definition of equality Jeffersons view and the views of the people around him was clouded He thought that equality between white men was enough It certainly wasnt enough In 1848 society had changed not a great deal but it had Stanton was able to put her feelings in Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions This
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