Were the Founding Fathers successful in applying their political theories to women?For women's history...

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This depends on how you define success.

From one point of view, the Founders were very successful.  They were able to create a system of government that was very stable even though they completely excluded women from political life and gave them very few rights indeed.  Since women did not rebel or otherwise cause any serious disruption in the society, you can say that the Founders succeeded.

From another point of view, they failed.  They failed to apply their political theories equally to women.  Their political philosophy was based on the idea that government was only valid when it was done with the consent and participation of the governed.  Even so, they failed to include women in those who gave consent and participated in political life.  In this way, they failed to live up to their political ideals and did not apply their theories equally to men and to women.