Within a century, chattel slavery ceased to exist in virtually every modern nation.
Until 1865—less than 150 years ago—it was legal under the United States Constitution to own black people as chattel.
A woman is a chattel, mere property to be exploited as the owner—whether her husband or her father—sees fit.
early 13c., chatel "property, goods," from Old French chatel "chattels, goods, wealth, possessions, property; profit; cattle," from Late Latin capitale "property" (see cattle, which is the Old North French form of the same word). Application to slaves (1640s) is a rhetorical figure of abolitionists, etc.