In the last half-century, advanced industrial nations have seen immense changes in the position of women in society. They have caught up or overtaken boys in educational achievement. They have joined the labour force and all other facets of public life.

As analysts, we have a tendency to focus on the negative. Sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence and general objectification still go on and are mostly unpunished. Women are thrown out of work easier than men. They take the lion’s share of domestic work and childcare compared to men. But compared to women around the globe, and our recent ancestors, we have unprecedented freedoms (read more on Sociological Imagination).