Women's Status Throughout History up to 1450 C.E

Summary: Women throughout history were treated rather lowly in comparison to men. Their status fluctuated from culture to culture, with them being below men in most cases. Different religions also give different instructions on how women should be treated. When humans were hunters and gatherers women had the role of gathering a stable food source, while the men got the, often rare, big game. Since women gathered the stable food sources they were treated with respect, dissimilar to later cultures in human history. They regained respect with the prospect of Buddhism gaining traction in the Indian subcontinent, which provided equality to all genders. Feudalism in Europe brought women greater rights than previously before in other European countries. Continuing, Islam brought slight inequality between women and men suggesting that "Man and woman are the two basic pillars of a family, but since men are endowed with special qualities by the order of creation, and because their power of logic is stronger than women's, they are regarded as the guardians of their families. "("Part 2: The Duties of Men." Al-Islam.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2016. ) .

An example of a woman taking care of the village while the men prepare to go hunt big game.