The devil hates women. He has contempt for men, I think -- which is a form of hate -- but he despises and fears women. My progressive women friends go on about how women have always struggled under the burdens that men and society have put on them, while my conservative women friends gripe about how women are oppressed by what feminism has become. These are two sides of the same coin. And the Woman in the vision -- the woman who wills her own necessity and is therefore set free of it -- shows the only way to be free of all the chains that others would lay on us (male or female). Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to thy word.
When we freely choose to be and do what God has called us to be and do, we cannot be overthrown by whatever the world, the flesh, or the devil throw at us. But trying to do anything else means carrying both the chains of our sin and finitude and the unfulfilled expectations of God.