The equality of women never really surfaced in any society or culture until the small, concealable pistol became available. So long as muscle-powered weapons were the norm, women always needed protectors. Now a woman can live on her own, drive around, work wherever she wants etc--thanks to the small, concealable pistol. Now a 6'6" 300-pound man can be taken down by a 98-pound 5'0" woman. That required a stupendous amount of luck before the 19th century, but now no predatory scumbag of a man knows which woman is armed and which is not. It provides safety even for women who hate guns and would never ever carry one, who are trying to get them banned so they can go back to being perpetual victims needing Big Brother to protect them.