Men have been also much maligned of late, not only that class, ‘white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant’.
Without trying to be apologetic to women or to society at large, as Ramesam has mentioned, we can relay the fact that there are more then thirty women sages in Rig Veda, with many hymns associated with them. One can learn, from hymn 10.27.12, that women could choose their own husbands, and in hymn 10.85 it is stated that the daughter in law should be treated as a queen by all the family members, especially the mother-in-law, husband, and father-in-law…. “Become the house-hold’s mistress; ruler of the home, you will address the religious assembly” (10.85.26). There evidently was a decline in such exemplary customs many centuries after that.
From a discussion in ‘Advaita Vision’