Man's attitude toward women?

What if, a thousand years ago, man had looked at women as a partner instead of a possession, what would the world look like today? Yes, all you chauvinists out there, get it out of your system then pick your knucles up off the floor.
Update: What could my gender possibly have to do with the answers? I was hoping for a little more respose in the political, business and religon areas.
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