Within traditional Malay society, its religion and its custom,
women were clearly subordinate to men, their prime function the fulfilment
of their roles as wives and mothers, as supporters and nurturers. Despite
this prescription, they played a vital and essential role in subsistence
agriculture and small commerce. Their participation in economic life
provided them with avenues of influence in decision-making, but, with the
exception of a few aristocratic women, this influence was...[Show more]
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