"It took 22 months of men debating in this room to achieve the Declaration of Independence. Progressive change takes time. Abolition would take a great Civil War. But it came. Women suffrage took a great campaign, but it became part and parcel to our democracy. Voting rights have taken a brutal fight, as will the case for marriage equality and equal pay for men and women. Liberalism always wins eventually, just as it did here in Philadelphia in the sweltering summer of 1776."