Long Promised - Long Denied
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people 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 mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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.
Despite the wishful thinking of so many of the male gender this means both women and men. Women, especially in New England, expected to have their inherent rights affirmed after the Revolution. They were disappointed in this due to the confiscatory impulses of males who saw them as a valuable resource.
The freedom of an individual to live their life, as they deem best for themselves, is always limited by circumstances.