...I am head of my family and mistress over men and slaves and servants. I have here a ship laden with merchandise...An independent business woman.
"O sister, what wilt thou do with this handsome young man?" "I purpose to make him my husband," answered I; and I turned to the prince and said, "O my lord, I have that to propose to thee, in which I will not have thee cross me: and it is that, when we reach Baghdad, I will give myself to thee as a handmaid in the way of marriage, and thou shalt be my husband and I thy wife."And not afraid to ask a man to marry her either.
--From The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night--