"‘Women can’t hold property any more, she said. It’s a new law.’"

There are several instances in relatively recent history of women being deprived of ownership. Until 1882, when the Married Women’s Property Rights Act was passed, British women were forced to rescind all their property (whether acquired through inheritance or other means) to their husbands upon marrying. This was fundamental to the plots of both Wuthering Heights and Wide Sargasso Sea.

Under the Taliban in Afghanistan (1996-2001), there was no question of women having any place in public life, let alone earning and owning.