Women in ancient times were always submitted by men (it could be their husband, their brother, even their own son). They had no voice to decide, no power, and no rights.
For example, in Rome, when a couple had a son, it was the father who has the right to decide if he wanted that. If the poor baby was not recognized by its father, it was abandoned, left alone and starving to death, or made work as a slave. Women couldn’t make any objection about this. Throughout history, the specific roles reserved for women were “being the good wife at home and the good mother” Yet until recently the only thing a regular woman could expect in her whole life was "finding a good husband, getting married and having children." Sometimes, even these marriages were arranged for young girls. Those chosen were generally men of high renown and vast wealth, many times in search to guarantee a safe alliance between two important families.