It is hard to pick a way to feel about the spartan women. The history tell that Usually in older times and societies, you see women being treated very poorly and definitely not in power. I know that these women aren't exactly in power, but they are certainly, as explained by the article, living in luxury. "For, a husband and wife being each a part of every family, the state may be considered as about equally divided into men and women; and, therefore, in those states in which the condition of the women is bad, half the city may be regarded as having no laws. And this is what has actually happened at Sparta; the legislator wanted to make the whole state hardy and temperate, and he has carried out his intention in the case of the men, but he has neglected the women, who live in every sort of intemperance and luxury."