I have noticed a fascinating phenomena between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world when it comes to Muslim women seeking Islamic knowledge. It is well known by anyone active in any Muslim Student Association (MSA), or institute (AlMaghrib, Zaytuna, etc.) that sisters are almost always more than brothers when it comes to volunteers, activists and the students themselves. In fact, the majority (probably all) of the events/seminars/classes/lectures/etc. that I have attended, there were more sisters than brothers both participating and volunteering (and no the hadith about the man to woman ratio of 1:50 isn’t happening anytime soon; see population statistics).
Let’s swtich it up and move from America to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. The top Islamic universities have little or no representation from the sisters. Maybe it isn’t necessary for them in these countries or maybe there are dedicated schools just for the sisters and I don’t know about them. My point is that if an Islamic university similar to the major ones in the Muslim world were to be started here, it is clear that sisters would be part of it in great numbers compared to the Muslim world.
It could be that living in this American society that our sisters have the freedom to seek knowledge but if they were placed in the socities of the Muslim world, would they be able to do the same? Is there even a need for active sisters over there?
It’s probably easier for a sister to seek ilm in America or Canada than in Egypt or Bangladesh.
Edit: See comments.