Islam is a religion by men for men. The narrative of Islam empowers women is just not true. Islam may have given women some rights that they did not have, but it also froze their rights in time so that they could never get any more. As well, many of the rights are very one-sided in Islam. Wouldn’t it make more sense for God to send general principles such as “treat women well” that we could apply to each culture rather than strict rules that would soon become outdated in modern societies?
To start with, here is a fascinating quote that sums up the entire argument:
"If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husbands, because of the special right over them given to husbands by Allah." (Abu Dawud, 2140)