Women's Place in Islam
Before the emergence of Islam, the state of women was destroyed and shameful.They were treated as chattel in early Roman society. In France, they were termed as half - soul creatures responsible for destruction of society. Chinese considered them as devl's soul. Japanese preferred to lead Braham-charia life (unmarried life). So, in this way, they deprived women of its due place. While, Arabs buried their daughters alive considering them as a sign of disgrace. It's now crystal clear that before arrival of prophet (S.A.W), how much, she was respected.
Allah felt mercy on mankind and sent this last messenger, the holy prophet Hazrat Mohammad (S.A.W), who made it clear that:
A woman is a symbol of honor and respect if she's your daughter or sister. She is your life partner as wife and if you are good to your family, then you are better among people. In case of mother, "Heaven lies under the feet of mother.