While the American Revolution had very radical effects for white, land-owning men in the colonies, the effects of the revolution were limited in that they did not extend to women, slaves and freed African-Americans, Native Americans, and others. For example, while white men enjoyed the rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," as Thomas Jefferson explained inalienable rights in the "Declaration of Independence," other groups did not have these rights.
After the American Revolution, white men (mostly men of property) had the right to vote, but women, African-Americans, and Native Americans did not. African-American men did not get the right to vote until the 15th Amendment in 1870. Slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of deciding how to apportion representatives in the new government, and Native Americans were not counted at all. Women were recognized in the New Republic as playing important roles as mothers (their role was referred to as "Republican Motherhood"), and, at first, some educational institutions were started to educate girls. However, over time, many of these institutions declined, and women were not given the right to vote until the 19th Amendment in 1920. While white men had more freedom following the revolution than arguably anyone else on earth, other groups in the new United States did not.