We, the women of the world, hold these truths to be self-evident. That all people are created equal, that as women we are endowed by our Maker with certain inherent and inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights, societies are instituted among humankind, deriving their just powers from the consent of the people. That whenever any form of society becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and institute new societies, 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 societies long established should not be changed for light and transient causes: and accordingly all experience hath shown that women are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the form to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them…it is women’s right, it is their duty, to throw off such society and to provide new guards for their future security.
—Hacked, with thanks, to Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826. American patriot and president. Principal writer of the American Declaration of Independence.