Mark Twain, in one of his addresses, pays a glowing tribute to women, one that I would want to share just a part. He writes
in whatever position you place a woman she is an ornament to society and a treasure to the world. As a sweetheart, she has few equals and no superiors, as a cousin she is convenient, as a wealthy grandmother with an incurable distemper, she is precious, as a wet-nurse, she has no equal among men.
He continues to say
What would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, mighty scarce. Then let us cherish her; let us protect her; let us give her our support, our encouragement, our sympathy, ourselves- if we get a chance.