It takes courage to go after anything you want in life!
As much as many women think of themselves as being (progressive or equal) in every respect to men they still would rather be in the positon of "waiting" to say "yes" or "no".
What people don't realize is it's the person doing the asking who has the "real power". They can move on and ask another person while the other person who said "no" has to "wait" to be approached again.
Men and women reject each other differently.
Women use (direct rejection) by saying "No" to a date
Men use (indirect rejection) by "not asking" her out on a date.
Both forms of rejection can hurt if you really want to be with that person.
Awhile back I wrote a hub asking "What's wrong with a woman proposing marriage?" My thought is if you want something but aren't willing to ask for it then you're taking a weak stance. If it's not worth asking for then it's not worth having. If two people (really want to marry each other) it won't matter who proposed.
Rejection may hurt but at least you know where you stand. It beats being strung along. One man's opinion! :-)