God gave to both the male and female two mandates, (a) that of having dominion and authority over all of God’s creation – Gen 1:26 and (b) that of being fruitful – Gen 1:28. From God’s perspective therefore neither the man nor the female is inferior or superior to the other. Yes, they have different roles but, most importantly, they are both created in the Image of God.
When it comes to the marriage relationship God gave the husband the role and the responsibility of being the head. God gave the wife the role and responsibility of being the helper. According to God’s perspective these roles are different but they are equally important. These roles are to be carried out in the context of interdependence – God sees both husband and wife as being dependent on each other.
In 1 Corinthians 11:11 we read “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.”