On the women's rights etc. topic.
There is widespread (white) male privilege institutionalised in most cultures. It's too ingrained for any one thing to be easy to fix it.
You have girls being taught from childhood to be nice and cooperative and smile and look pretty while the boys are taught to compete and assert themselves. In most companies the bosses are men rather than women which makes it a different experience for a man and a woman to ask for a raise.
There's the pressure to look pretty and being valued a lot just on your looks that every woman has to deal with, in addition to being aware that if she's making too much of an effort and she is unlucky enough to be sexually attacked it'll be seen as 'her fault'.
Then there's the attitude towards child rearing. If a man does his fair share of taking care of the baby he's seen as being an amazing father and a fantastic human being. While a woman doing the same is just being normal.
I remember seeing an article written by a woman who lived in drag as a man for a year and she said one of the noticeable things that were different with the experience was that she wasn't being pressured to smile all the time.
Things are actually a bit better where I'm from because both men and women get maternity and paternity leave. 3 months each and then 3 months they can split between them. So companies when hiring can't use the "oh she'll get pregnant!" as an excuse to want to pay and value a female employee less.
There is also no taboo about single mothers back home either and most people get married after their first born is around 3 years old or so. Also women don't change their names when they get married either, which is a custom I have never understood and actually really freaked me out when I first heard about it.
Anyway none of this is as bad as slavery but we're far from having equality and a lot of the areas where we're really missing out is simply because it's so deeply ingrained not even to try to fix it we can't see it.
This forum here is pretty female dominated so it has for example the tendency to assume that everyone is female unless proven otherwise. I.e I'm sure that a lot of the guys here have had to state that they're indeed guys a few times. That's incredibly rare and almost everywhere else the default is male.
Here's a male privilege checklist that's quite educational to read through. http://colours.mahost.org/org/maleprivilege.html
Not everyone will agree with everything in it but it's still worth a read.
Also to add that men are hurt as well by the gender inequalities around. They have it drilled into them that they need to be successful and then feel judged on that, like women are judged on their looks. They're not supposed to show emotions and are supposed to be wanting sex all the time, i.e a single guy turning down an attractive woman is usually seen as having something "wrong" with him. There's more but I've written half an essay already, heh..