Early 20th Century:
The Philippines has rejected an appeal from Saudi Arabia to cut by half a minimum-wage requirement for Filipino maids working in Saudi Arabia and will not be sending new domestic helpers until the dispute is resolved. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Friday that the Saudi government wanted the minimum monthly salary for Filipino maids lowered to $200 from $400.
18th Century — or earlier:
Her father and brothers demanded that she marry a cousin, and, she says, beat her when she refused. For the past five years, she has lived in a shelter for battered women.
“I’m a surgeon. I’m responsible for people’s lives,” says Samia, now in her 40s. “I want to be responsible for my own life.”
So far, no dice. Oh, and her family gets her salary as a doctor meanwhile, which may be part of the reason they won’t let her marry who she likes.