So to find out the Hindu view on women, one has to have a look at the life of the Hindus, the position, the importance and the working area of the women in their everyday life.
, which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states.Interracial marriages have increased steadily since then.American Indians have the highest interracial marriage rate among all single-race groups.Women are slightly more likely to “marry out” than men in this group: 61% of American Indian female newlyweds married outside their race, compared with 54% of American Indian male newlyweds.Vrihadaranyakopanishad(2.34)1gives the evidence of Maitreyi opting for Brhamvidya rather than wealth and worldly pleasures. It would thus be seen that at that time there was not a single area where women did not take part or excel their counterpart's men.
Women were also allowed to observe celibacy (Atharvaveda 12.3.17). Not only this, the Ashvalayana and Gobhil Grihyasutras and Harit-Dharmasutra show even the sacred thread ceremony (the Upanayana Samskara) being performed for women. As far as the history of ordinary womenfolk goes, their position on the whole was free.
Rajyashree(sister of the renowned king Harshvardhana)was a disciple of Lord Buddha and her advice was sought on various important matters.
Rajshekhar(Kavya-Mimamsa) quotes examples of princesses, daughters of high officials, of courtesans, and of concubines who were poetesses as well as adepts in sciences.
They could avail of the highest learning and there were many seers and philosophers among them.
Ghosha, Apala, Lopamudra, Vishwvara, Surya, Indrani, Yami, Romasha all these names highlight the position and the esteem which Hindu women enjoyed in the Vedic period.
In 2013, a record-high 12% of newlyweds married someone of a different race, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data.