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For some reason an idea came up that to be born as a woman is a lesser embodiment and that all souls strive to be men in their births.
(This is completely ridiculous, seeing as how we need both genders for the world to keep functioning.
Even in hunting the golden deer for her, he always wanted to make her happy.
Being a modern and independent woman has been a tremendous struggle for me.
Families they are marrying into might require a crippling dowry from her family (even though dowries are now illegal) and sometimes young brides are killed by their new families for being "disobedient." There is an ancient tradition called sati in which women would throw themselves onto the funeral pyres of their husbands and burn alive.
This was seen as such a beautiful devotion that sometimes girls have been forced into funeral pyres. Historically widows have been treated very poorly in society.
The issue of women in Hinduism for me is as conflicted as the issue of arranged marriage (Arranged Marriage).
One of them was in a dice match with an evil Uncle who was cheating.
She looked to her husbands to defend her honor, but they were gambled away and were only slaves now.
The evil cousins tell Draupadi that she is also a slave now and to take off her clothes.
When her husband, a prince, chose exile in a forest, she willingly followed him in all his hardship.
But he also cares for her and goes to the ends of the earth to rescue her when she is kidnapped.