How important were gender differences in early societies? Give reasons for your answer.

a. Gender differences very important in early societies.

b. Societies were based on the patrilineal system. Only a few of matriliny families existed.

c. The paternal estate was to be divided equally among the sons with a special share for the eldest son., in case of the death of the parents.

d. Women had no right to claim the share of the property.

e. The women were allowed to retain the gifts that they received on the occasion of their marriage as stridhana.

f. This could be inherited by the children but the husband did not have any claim on it.

g. The women we want against holding the family property or even their own valuables without obtaining permission from the husband. These types of differences led to a low social and economic position.