When enlightened men signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, refusing to be governed by a king claiming divine rights of superiority, the idea that all men were created equal was a progressive one. At the time, of course, the concept didn’t apply universally to everyone. But as a nation, this idea of equality for all, away from serfdoms and enforced servitude, had universal appeal. And making equality real for all citizens has shaped the history and struggles of our American nation.
When an African-American man and a White woman battled for the Democratic nomination in 2008, the idea that All Were Created Equal, took on new meaning. Documentary filmmaker Amy Sewell sensed this new political landscape and has edited a series of essays in a book titled, She’s Out There — 35 Women Under 35 Who Aspire To Lead: The Next Generation Of Presidential Candidates. She’s also joined by essayist Agxibel Barajas, a law student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and one of the book’s essayists.
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