The foremost criteria of holding any office in the Heian period was to have a rank, this means that without any rank no one was eligible to hold any office. As the total number of ranked candidates used to be more than the total number of vacant offices, therefore, either those who could afford to offer gifts to the appointing authority or those who had strong political connections were used to get the opportunity to hold the vacant offices more easily than those who either could not afford to offer gifts or those who didn’t have strong political connections. As by securing the vacant offices, individuals not only get the opportunity to earn money on regular intervals but they also get the opportunity to further progress in their respective careers, hence securing the vacant offices was the most important thing for them to do. On the other hand, although women were also used to be assigned with ranks but they were not made eligible to hold the offices of ministers or governors. But some women used to hold key positions in the courts and influenced the decisions involving the appointments of various men to various offices. But this made some women considering themselves highly superior to another.