Allah has placed men and women in equal positions, as counterparts to each other in duties, rulings and performing good deeds, which is highlighted in Quran:.
“Oh mankind, fear you Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women.” (An-Nissa/Chapter of Women). And-
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while they are a believer- We will surely give them their reward [in the hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” (An-Nahl: 97).
Moreover, Islam ensures woman’s right to protect her financial earnings, besides made obligatory to grant women part of an inheritance:
“For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and fro women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much-an obligatory share.” (An-Nissa: 7).
Prophet Mohammed had said: “Indeed, women are the partners of men, When it comes to actions, men and women are judged equally”
Quran also safeguards women’s right to education and has also mentioned several role models i.e. Sayida Mariam/Mary, the mother of Isa (Jesus); Queen Balqees, the queen of Sheba, known for her wisdom and rigorous decisions. Besides, Khadija/first wife of Prophet and the first believer too, while Fatima/Prophet’s daughter set example in defending her father and supporting her husband in crucial periods. Islam opens all the doorways of goodness for women to play a positive role in building society, which they have seized and became innovators i.e. the idea for the first pulpit made for the Prophet came from a woman and the pulpit went on to become an integral part of all mosques.
As women have left their remarkable footprints in every walk of life, the men folk is duty bound to protect and honour, besides ensuring equality/liberty to them in this world and in the hereafter.