I have come across a lot of more-religious-less-historic books pertaining to history, which claim that the position of women from the beginning of Vedic civilisation, was ascribed by the scriptures, or 'righteous' norms of society to be 'mariyadit' sort of. The term means donning boundaries supposedly dignified, to be upheld by the sense of dignity in the person, and to be enforced somewhat by the good of society, to prevent obscenity, corruption degradation and all. There is a particular quote much celebrated, by those 'dignity and boundaries' advocates that
A woman is never supposed to live independently. During young age, she is to live under the 'protection' of her father, after being married, under her husband, and after being widowed, in aegis of her sons.
This I believe, is from the Manu Samhita.
The question is, what are the verses, which shed light on the position of women, and verses which put regulations on conduct of women, in Vedic and ensuing literature (The Upanishads, the epics Ramayana, Mahabharata, the samhitas, the commentaries, the fiction of the time, or any other work).