Role of Women

There is no point claiming that the female form has not been the focus of prejudice and subjugation in the majority of times and places.  However, this is not the invariable state of affairs in Buddhism.  

Prajapati, Buddha's step-mother/aunt, walked over a hundred miles to request permission -- even, insist -- on the right of women to become monastics.  After she was ordained, she  attained the awakened state and Nirvana along with many of the nuns.