Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Our American Heritage

Judith Sargent Murray and Equality of Virtue

by Kirstin Anderson BirkhaugUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison In 1790, two years before Mary Wollstonecraft published her Vindication of the Rights of Woman, an American woman with the pen name “Constantia” released her own treatise on the equality of the sexes. “Constantia,” or, rather, Judith Sargent Murray, set out to prove the profound injustice of sexual inequality …

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Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson Preamble Bill Diffusion

-Jeff Polet Jefferson’s belief that democracy requires a “well-informed” citizenry has been so oft-repeated that it is almost a cliché. We forget, sometimes, that an informed citizenry is primarily a hedge against tyranny, the emergence of which was one of Jefferson’s great fears. His “Preamble to a Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge” …

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