Muslim women have played important roles throughout history. From before Muhammad’s birth to the 21st century, women have refused to remain in the shadows. Instead, women became influential figures in both Islam and secular politics. Muslim women continue to hold office today, and religious authorities such as Khadija and Aisha remain highly respected names in nearly every Muslim household. These great women of Islamic history were unafraid to make a name for themselves in their time and continue to be remembered today.

references:

http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/the-greatest-women-in-islamic-history.aspx?p=11

http://islamichistory.org/the-great-women-of-islam/

http://www.womanofislam.com/women_leaders_-_english.html#.WqaTvcd96Uk

http://www.islamweb.net/womane/nindex.php?vPart=1136