In the beginning, God created woman as a helper, a supporter and an aide (Gen 2:18,22). Though our culture would scoff at such a role in society, there is truly great honor in it. The only other person given the title of help (ezer in Hebrew) in the Old Testament is God! (Ps 121:1-2, 33:20, 115:9-11)
Is God inferior to us because He is our help? NO! Rather, it elevates God when we admit we need His help, that we can’t do it on our own. So why would we, as women, feel inferior by being created to help? By understanding that men cannot do it alone, that they need our help? We are no more inferior to man because we were created to help any more than God is inferior to us when He is a help to us. As God is a help to His people, so women are a help to men. (1 cor 11:9)
As helpers, we carry the innate ability to influence others. Influence is defined as “the capacity or power to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions of others.” This is a powerful thing for God to entrust to our gender. Just survey the women in the Bible and you’ll quickly see the effects. Many wielded this influence in sinful, self-centered, and manipulative ways (consider Delilah, Jezebel, and Herodias). But when used unto the glory of God, the strong influence of a woman can save a whole nation (consider Esther).