Conclusion

In summary, material and ideological factors may both come into play when accounting for cross-cultural variations in gender status and sexual hierarchies. As yet, however, no single theory seems able to explain why some societies have egalitarian gender roles and others do not. Future lines of inquiry which might clarify this issue include research on the societal conditions under which women form solidarity groups and have collective political influence versus conditions in which they do not. Demographic variables, specifically population pressure and its impact on the valuation of females, is another area that demands additional research. Still, even in the long term, it is unrealistic to expect that any single overriding theory will successfully explain the wide variation in women's status around the world.

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