We are incredibly different, one sex from the other. It's kinda helped ensure our species' continuity throughout millenia of evolution in all sorts of environments, so I'm always hesitant to condemn either men or women who exult in those differences and are strongly adverse to movements that minimize some of them.
What can't be tolerated in free and dynamic socioties is economic dominance of one sex over the other. No man may have any rights - any economic opportunities - which are not functionally shared by women.
Muhammad Yunus has taken on the culture of his most important clients AND THEIR FAMILIES and brought an incredible semblance of Gender Equality to one of the poorest, most sexually segregated countries on the planet.
Despite reactionary tendencies and a general aversion to massive social change, Homo Sapiens are extant because of our intelligence. I believe that Historians of the future will look back on the Nobel Prize committee's selection of this Bangladeshi Banker and Teacher as a turning point in our species' ability to set the past aside, and approach the future - and our opportunities for prosperity - with more open minded acceptance of the empirical Equality of the Sexes.
[Link] (T)his man, who won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, had taught (these rural women typically take a backseat to men) to stand up to their husbands by giving them small loans that now put them in the driver's seat.
"The first hostile person to our program is the husband. We are challenging his authority," Yunus said as we walked around Kashipur, where water buffalo lumbered down dirt paths alongside women barking Bengali into the cell phones they had bought with small loans from his bank.
"In the family, he's a macho tyrant," Yunus said. "He starts to see that she's not as stupid as he thought. He says, `Now she cannot nag me about money, because she understands now how hard it is to make.' The tension eases and they become a team."