Believe it or not, there are more than one modern societies that are run by women. Some people believe in the power of women and their capabilities of leading a modern society.
This is a well-known fact for those who have heard about the term “matriarchy,” which by definition means that a woman leads a state or a group and she is the head of the family. Since then the power of women kept rising. They even created more specific societies like the matrilineal system. It is a system where people inherit property through the female line.
And we will assure you that there is more than just one modern society that is led by women. There are six that still exist and function perfectly today.
This modern society counts around four million people today, and they are considered as the largest society led by women. All the property in this society is held and bequeathed from mother to daughter because they firmly believe in the power of women and her role in the modern society.
In such society, men take the spiritual and political leadership roles and women on the other hand rule the domestic realm. Such separations of power keep both of the genders on equal footing.
They live in specific rules. After they get married the man is allowed to sleep with his wife until early in the morning when he has to leave and go to his mother’s house to have breakfast. The male children leave their mother’s homes at the age of 10 and move to man quarters where they are supposed to learn specific skills. The clan chief is always male, but yet again we can see the power of women when they actually can choose or remove the chief.
Following is the most famous modern society ever known and is living near the border of Tibet.
They live in large households with extended families. The head of each household is a woman. The property is passed down the female side of the family. The interesting fact is that in this society man handle the politic situations and women handle the business decisions. Children take their mothers names and are raised in their households.
Another most interesting fact about this modern society is that they have a thing called a walking marriage, meaning they don’t have any specific marriage regulations but women just choose a man and walk to his home anytime she wants to see him. The couples never live together.
Children always remain in the care of their mothers, and they sometimes don’t even know who their father is.
This is a small group of people of just over 13 000 living on a reserve in Costa Rica. It is a kind of modern society that is organized in clans. And of course, the clan is determined by the female ones. The power of women there is that they can also prep the cacao used in sacred Briri rituals and they are the only ones that can legally inherit the land.
The organization of this modern society is based and built around the matriclan. Meaning, all of one’s identity, inheritance politics and wealth are determined. All of these matriclan founders are women while the men take the leadership positions within the society. All the important roles are inherited through the female line, between the mothers and daughters. In this society, the man is also expected to take care not only for his wife or family but to her relatives.
This modern society lives on an island west of New Guinea. The Nagovisi society is divided into two main matrilineal organizations which are later divided into matriclans. In this society, the power of women is evident because they are involved in leaderships and ceremonies. But what they love most is working with the land that is entitled to them. When it came to marriage, they held equally important the gardening and the shared sexuality. Here also the marriage isn’t institutionalized.
After all, it is a modern society where men and women are considered married if he just assists the woman in the garden.
The last but not least Garo society raise the power of women not less than any of the other ones above. They also pass the property and inherit land through the female line. It is the fascinating fact also that the youngest daughter inherits the mother’s legacy. Also, her marriage is arranged. For the older daughter, the process of getting married is much more complicated. Every marriage in this modern society can stop whenever they decide because it is not a binding contract.