"...women have always been disadvantaged compared to men in almost all spheres of life. They have been discriminated systematically in their access to food, work, education, and healthcare, and in opportunities to participate in development, to lead, think, dream, and realise their dreams. They are, and have remained through millennia, truly the world's largest minority.
...women are not treated by patriarchy as persons who are agents and ends in their own right, individuals complete in themselves.
Instead, they are mere instruments of the ends of others:
reproducers, caregivers, sexual outlets, and agents of a family's general prosperity. Their cultural acceptability is only as appendages of men, as daughters, sisters, wives and mothers, otherwise they are dispensable or ‘fallen'."
FromThe Hindu - "Barefoot: Lone warriors"