It is rare to see a news item on this topic — perhaps this is because many people take the hard-won rights to marital property for women for granted.
Around the globe, rights to property in marriage are relatively new and are intrinsically linked to the belief that a man is the head of the household and therefore acts in the household’s best interests, when this is far from the reality of many people.
In the US, for example, a woman could not take out a mortgage in her own name until the 1970s.
This article detailing Agnes’ experience does a really nice job of explaining the challenges that many women face around the world, when confronted with laws that discriminate against married women, and also about how those laws can have real impact on a woman’s life and opportunity to prosper emotionally and economically.
It also shows the incredible resilience of one woman as she challenged bad laws and helped to pave the way for change for many others.