Hot new social science says yes, specifically that the presence of oil rents in a country is associated with a low level of women's rights and that this accounts for some of the retrograde conditions in the Middle East.
As with much of the "resource curse" literature, this seems to be research you can't use since the oil is there one way or another. Still, interesting findings.
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