Contrary to popular stereotypes — and the way in which some religions, like Islam, oppress women — the Christian faith has been the single greatest source for the advancement of women’s rights. The church in the third century was spread through Rome by women who were welcomed into the young church.
Though the Roman church has never ordained women, the Roman Church has exalted the state of women through Mary. Protestant churches do ordain women, and in all churches women have a vital role. Women play a vital complementarian role. It should be noted that most of the people involved in the suffrage movement were Christian women, and the right to vote was strongly supported by the Christian church.
The popular idea that women are in submission to men ignores the reality of the ordained biblical relationship. Yes, wives are to submit to their husbands, but husbands are to give their lives for their wives, exactly as Christ gave His life for the church (Ephesians 5:22-23).