From ancient times, in every civilization, women were second class citizens. Agreed that tow of the most powerful women of the medieva; world was Queen Mary of England & Queen Catherine of Russia, But those were exceptions; fact remains that women were very much suppressed. In India, Manu had said, "woman is guided in her childhood by her father; she is guided by her husband in her youth and prtected by her sons in her old age; so women are not fit for freedom" Gargi or Maitreyee or Lopamudra are also exceptions. If we claim that women had a high place in India, that is totally incorrect
The Manu Smrithi says "Yatra naaryasthu poojyanthe
ramanthe tathra devatha" (those who adore women as
goddesses will be blessed by the divine).
The Rig Veda, the most sacred book of Hindus,
contains some Slokas written by lady Saints.
India has the most ancient form of Goddess
Rani Kaikeyi and Rani Satya Bhaama participated in
wars, fought equally well with their husbands, and
helped them. They received the highest honour from
people of their kingdoms.
There were no lady philosophers in ancient
Greek or Roman history.
The whole methodology of Tantra was that when a man
realizes and worships a woman an an embodiment of a
goddess, his third eye awakens to give him access to
higher knowledge and divine wisdom.
In ancient India, married women were respected as
personifications of goddesses in some traditional
India is the only country which says that ...more