as the husband they were the authority.
In other words, as the caretaker they were the authority. They can tell them how to dress, how to act, where to go, where to live, how much money to spend, what to spend it on, if they should further the education they had when they came into the marriage, how many children they should have.
Even under a Democrat president, an abused woman is expected to leave the home to the abuser and run to a shelter, destitute. A restraining order is a piece of paper that means nothing. I can't stop a bullet or fists and judges allow abusers who violate those orders out on bail and many of them then go on to kill their victims. Victims of abuse are often women who married young and stayed at home to raise children, who have no practical work skills in an ever shrinking job market for even skilled females.
Women's health doesn't begin and end with reproduction, breast cancer, or diagnosing cervical cancer in its early stages. For women it's core is being confident to exist in a society where physical and mental health walk hand in hand with judicial laws written, geared and enacted to provide males with the means to control quality of life, and life itself. It doesn't matter which political party is in the White House.
A woman should not have to beg assistance for health care from government if a husband of means has cast her aside, and insurance companies should be made by law to cover an x-spouse of at least ten years who has been a housewife for that entire time, and there should be a cap on the husband's premiums. The debate on profits of insurance companies is as old and tiresome as that of oil companies.