One of the criticisms leveled against the Catholic Church is that it denies women's equality with men and has made the second-class Christians. There have been times when some Catholics have said denigrating things about women. But I think that the Church has actually freed women to find their own best way to follow Christ.
A case in point is today's saint, St. Katherine Drexel. She was the heiress of her family fortune, but gave millons away to work with Native Americans and African-Americans, establishing the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to work with them.
Read her story at one of the links above. This is not a woman who was kept by the Church from finding fulfillment. It was Pope Leo XIII who challenged her to become a missionary! Through her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, her work is still being done by other women free to follow her as she followed Christ.