Japanese women dating customs
Legally, few barriers to women's equal participation in the life of society remain.
Gender inequality, however, continues in family life, the workplace, and popular values.
The notion expressed in the proverbial phrase "good wife, wise mother," continues to influence beliefs about gender roles.
Gender has been an important principle of stratification throughout Japanese history, but the cultural elaboration of gender differences has varied over time and among different social classes.
In the twelfth century (Heian period), for example, women could inherit property in their own names and manage it by themselves.