यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः ।।
मनुस्मृति – ३:५६
“Where women are worshipped, there the Gods are delighted; but where they are not worshipped, all religious ceremonies become futile.”
It is therefore no exaggeration to say that India has always honoured women,—created, according to the Bṛihadāraṇyaka Upanișhad (1.4.3), for example, by the ātman or the Supreme Soul as equal halves of men, thereby complementing them., like halves of a shell completing the whole shell (“ardha-vṛigalamiva”), and filling up the void in their lives—not only as equal partners of men but, what is more, also as infinitely superior to men in their inherent and special rights as mothers, the very pivots of domestic and social life in India from time immemorial.
Via “Great Women of India”; Editors: Swami Madhavananda and Ramesh Chandra Majumdar. Part 1, Chapter 4; Women’s Education in Ancient India, by Mrs. Roma Chaudhuri, M.A., D. Phil. (Oxon); Principal and Professor of Philosophy, Lady Brabourne College and Jt. Secretary, Prachyavani Mandira, Calcutta. (1953)