I am a non-Muslim who is currently taking a college course on the Qur'an. I would love to discuss with you some ideas Asama Barlas talks about in the her book Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an. The basic concept of the book is that sexism is not present in the Qur'an, but is simply a product of Muslim societies for various reasons.
Would most of you agree that the Qur'an does not state that women are inferior? How much importance do you all give the hadith in its various portrayals of women? Also, do you think that the perception of God as a man has perpetuated the idea that women are inferior?
In terms of scripture, what do you all think of hijabs, etc?
I'd love if you could give me specific quotes from the Qur'an to support your views, but anecdotal answers would be great as well. :)