Yes! And it would be fair to say that ALL human beings need financial independence - being free of reliance on the actions of others that they may be independent. It's a world worth working towards.
And it is being "worked towards," but the going is hard. It involves the dedication, commitment, and love towards all others that it might, eventually be brought about.
Oh, and if you feel things are bad in the Western Democracies, check out some of the other nations in this great big world of ours. In many places the concept of women needing self-esteem, respect, and dignity doesn't even register in those completely male-dominated societies.