I know, it's retarded. It's not even a religious thing, it's a tradition/culture thing. The first words of the Quran to be revealed were "Read!" (or "Recite!"). They weren't "Read, but not if you're a girl!". The Prophet's first wife was a businesswoman, who met him when she employed him to conduct trade on her behalf. This idea that Muslim women shouldn't go to schools or work is completely idiotic.