I found an interesting discussion over the net. Hope this helps..
Are women to be the servants of man or were they created to be a partner to man, a help mate? Did Eve's sin of taking the apple make women lesser than man?
As to the equality of men and women, both are equally created in the image of god and both are spiritually equal, as far as receiving the blessings of forgiveness of sins and hope of eternal life, if they respond to Jesus by obedient faith. (See Genesis 1:26-27 and Galatians 3:26-29)
However, just as there is a difference between the roles of the Father and Jesus, so there is between men and women. These differences in roles involve submission of one to the other and a dividing of responsibilities among the two... The point simply is, God intended for men and women to have distinct and equally important roles in society. However, it would be to the man to take a leading role in providing for the family, protecting his wife and family and having the final and ultimate responsibility in the home.
On the other hand, it would be to the woman to provide loving nurturing toward children and loving service toward her husband, thus stabilizing the home and making it a pleasant environment for all.
All of these things depend on submission to God, rather than following one's own will. Also, as far as public teaching in the church, it would be men to act in that capacity rather than women? Why? Simply put, God chose that in His wisdom. It should not however warrant our concluding that women are in any way inferior to men... we must recognize that men and women were created to complement or complete each other. Neither one is capable of reaching his or her great potential without the help of the other. In this way, we learn love, kindness, submission and many other needed lessons. (See 1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:22-27, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35)
Originally, man was created first and then the woman. Based on the order of creation, man would be in a position of leadership over the woman. (See 1 Timothy 2:11-13)
Then, it was woman created from the man and for the man. This emphasizes man's need for a helper and the woman's ability to be that helper. (See 1 Corinthians 11:7-10)