Someone shared this link as proof that Islam gives rights to women. I am not arguing whether at one point in time Islam increased rights for women. But clearly we as a society have have evolved past the rights described in the link. For example, here are 6 rules listed which dictate women’s employment opportunities:
1. Outside employment should not come before, or seriously interfere with her responsibilities as wife and mother.
Each family should make the choice for themselves how they will balance work and childcare, and women shouldn’t be the default care taker.
2. Her work should not be a source of friction within the family, and the husband’s consent is required in order to eliminate later disagreements. If she is not married, she must have her guardian’s consent.
A woman is justified in making her own career decisions without seeking permission from another person. She of course may ask her family what their preference is, just as a man would who loves and cares for others, but her life is not by force of rule lived at the mercy of another.
3. Her appearance, manner and tone of speech and overall behavior should follow Islamic guidelines. These include: restraining her glances in relation to any men near the work place, wearing correct Islamic dress, avoiding men, not walking in a provocative manner, and not using make-up or perfume in public.
A woman may dress in a way which brings her greatest comfort and confidence int he workplace, and should not need seek to serve the sexual insecurities of male co-workers.
4. Her job should not be one which causes moral corruption in society, or involve any prohibited trade or activity, affect her own religion, morals, dignity and good behavior, or subject her to temptations.
All people, women included, should operate according to the dictates of their on conscience.
5. Her job should not be one which is mixing and associating with men.
Women should be allowed to circulate freely in any space which any other human being is allowed to circulate. No gender should be allowed to bully any other gender out of a workplace.
6. A woman should try to seek employment in positions which require a woman’s special skills, or which relate to the needs of women and children, such as teaching, nursing other women, midwifery, medicine with specialization’s like pediatric or obstetrics-gynecology.
Any special skill possessed by a woman is a “woman’s special skill” by virtue of that woman possessing it. Therefore, women may be assured that any career path whatsoever is one which is suited to their skills.