As progressive as our founding fathers were, the Declaration of Independence was written at a time when women were considered chattel. It would take 144 years for women to fight for and gain the right to vote. I wanted to see and feel what it would be like if it was written with women in mind:
The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
July 4, 1776.
(Adaptions by Wendy Trager May 18, 2012 in Italics)
The unanimous Declaration of the Women of United
States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for Women to
dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to
assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the
opinions of womankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that women 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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among women, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of Women to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that womankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Women; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these Women. To prove this, let
Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The current system of Government has refused to Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the good of Women.
The rest of the Declaration outlines the tyranny of King George III. It's shocking to me how much our present government has become what the colonist were fighting against.