Women of Constitution.

by Leslie Morgan Steiner

 

Okay, it always HAS bugged me that our founding fathers failed to mention women explicitly in the Constitution or The Declaration of Independence. Not once. I’ve tried to explain away the omission, in my own typically empathetic female fashion. These brilliant men, who seemed to have thought about nearly every component necessary for a lasting democracy when it came to men’s rights, obviously MEANT “men AND women” in two of the most famous and powerful sentences in history “We the People of the United States” and “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…Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

Didn’t they?

 

Come on. They just had to add two words: AND WOMEN. Eight letters! Make a few tweaks to the language during their endless debating and rewriting. Didn’t our founding fathers have daughters and wives – not to mention a conscience -- way back then? Do you think the subject of women’s rights ever came up?