Women have come a long way

A new United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report released this week warned that gender selection practices were increasing globally, with estimates of a gender gap of 117 million women "missing" largely in China and India.

In some cultures, such as India, widows were burned alive on their husbands’ funeral pyres.

In the ancient Greco-Roman world, there was a huge shortage of women – about 140 men for every 100 women.

Back in the days, women were left to die when they got born the wrong sex,  that is being female.

In ancient times, women were legally classified as a “child” no matter how old they were or how high their IQ was.

In ancient Sparta, a mother who gave birth to a son would receive twice the food rations as a mother who gave birth to a daughter.

The only women who got their names on their tombstones were women who died in childbirth.

A wife was not permitted to eat or interact with male guests in her husband’s home; she had to retire to her woman’s quarters.

In ancient Greece, a respectable woman was not allowed to leave the house unless she was accompanied by a trustworthy male escort.

[adsenseyu6]In Rome a widow was fined if she didn’t remarry in two years. It was considered bad form to outlive your husband; you were a drag on the economy.

In many religions, women were excluded from public religious life. It was rare that women were taught even in private.

Most women had little choice but to marry and upon doing so everything they owned, inherited and earned automatically belonged to their husband.

Every man had the right to force his wife into sex and childbirth. He could take her children without reason and send them to be raised elsewhere.

In Saudi Arabia, women are even barred from driving an automobile

Women's clothing symbolised their constricted lives. Tight lacing into corsets and cumbersome multiple layers of skirts which dragged on the ground impeded women's freedom of movement.

Married women could not make wills or dispose of any property without their husbands' consent.

women can prophesy, but not have the office of prophet. Or, women can teach, but not authoritatively. Or, women can teach and preach, but only with the permission of or under the authority of her husband, or of men in general.

Women were unable to enter the professions (for example, medicine or law) and they were excluded from public life and voting in any form of election.

Most African leaders are not gender sensitive and treat women as sex objects.

Some women turned to writing as a source of release from the hold their husbands had on them.

In December 2012 Swaziland has ban 'rape-provoking' miniskirts. The police say that miniskirts cause women to be raped.

Source: John Ortberg from the book Who is this man and Google.