Women have been disadvantaged in society since time immemorial, women’s place in society have been evaluated in terms of men’s standards and ideals. In a male-dominated world it is often difficult for women to be equal to men and enjoy their rights and liberties as evidenced by the long arduous battle of women for equality. Our society defines women’s status using the same standards that applies to men and justifies that women are second to men in all aspects because of their gender. However, to objectively evaluate women’s status it would take more than the standards that we use at present, socioeconomic status, civil status, educational attainment, employed or unemployed, have children or not. Thus, to realistically evaluate women’s status we must ask whether they are treated equally, have a voice in society, allowed to reach their potentials, have the same opportunities as men and are they empowered.The quest for equality between the genders have been going on for some time now, although much has been gained in the past years but there are still societies that treat women as second class citizens, thus if we examine women’s place in society we must do so by examining how they are treated by men, are they equals or slaves.
As it follows, women who are treated equally by men would also have a voice in society, so when we determine women’s status it should be in terms of whether they are heard and listened to. As to women’s role in society, one could determine if that society have encouraged and gave women the opportunity to reach their potentials and fight for their rights and recognize their capabilities to become leaders of society.In sum, a society that gives women the same opportunities as men is bound to define women’s status more positively, and a society wherein women is discriminated against as the weaker sex will ultimately have little esteem for women.