Be a good Wife—and be reborn a Man in the next life
Saint Paul told Christian wives to be obedient to their husbands. Other religions such as Hinduism, which believes in reincarnation, thought that if a woman was a good wife and obedient, then she would be “lucky” and be reborn as a man. Of course there were always exceptions to women’s dependence on men. In ancient Babylon and Egypt women could hold positions of power and property.