They sure do. In my observations, even when one is widowed, there is a definite societal discrimination toward single women; especially those with kids. In some areas and ways, it's very blatant. More often, though, it's generally subtle and leaves a person shaking their head, wondering WTF just happened.In the real world, you don't get to claim victimhood while doing nothing to change the situation. Maybe if women weren't taught to put up with abuse and second-class status, there would be far less abuse. But, on the other hand, the RCC often counsels women to stay in the marriage.
Personally, when I became a single mom (after years of marriage), I was taught/told to remain optimistic, upbeat, and with a can-do attitude. That if I just worked for it, it would happen. There were more hoops to jump through, longer hours to work, more money going out than coming in... etc., etc. Some influential women are still spouting this "magical formula" as *the* key to success, but from what I've seen it's more a dud than reality.
In reality, we need higher education and quality childcare with affordable prices that doesn't leave you in debt for twenty years.