Remember when “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” meant “government of the men, by the men, and for the men”? A century before Lincoln proclaimed these words, our founding fathers declared: “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.” But they did not mean “men” in any inclusive sense: they excluded both women and black men. Democracy, in the olden days, was the special province of white men. It took a civil war and Abraham Lincoln to clarify the Creator’s intentions regarding non-white people. And it wasn’t until 1920, and even then not without great struggle, that the United States granted women the right to vote. To this day, women are still only beginning to fully realize their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which have been enjoyed by men since the founding of the US democracy well over two centuries ago).