God originally created Adam both male and female. Adam was then put in the garden to cultivate it, but was alone. God looked for a suitable helper and woman was created from Adam. Helper is used 19 times in the Old Testament, 3 times in reference to a woman and 16 times in reference to God. God took Adam and broke him in 1/2 which is why man shall cleave to woman and then when he marries the two will be complete.
The curse over Adam was against creation, but Eve's curse was that the devil would be against her and man would rule over her. This is part of the curse, and not original design.
Before the 20th century, the Bible was the most empowering document for women. The husband is head of wife in the same way Christ is. Jesus used his authority to empower mankind so that we can co-reign. Man is meant to use his authority to empower women so that they can co-reign. Jesus didn't seat us in heavenly places, but seated us with Him in heavenly places.