Listening to Nonie Darwish speaking, I am shocked that someone could say so many negative things about one religion. I am even more shocked that someone so educated could know so little about a religion that keeps growing, despite all the negativity it has had to face.
Her portrayal of women in Islam cannot be more wrong and misunderstood. Darwish claims there is no such thing as Islamic Feminism. How can she say something like that when all Muslims must know that with the coming of the Prophet (PBUH), women gained rights? Before that, girls were buried alive on account of the fact that they were girls.
As a Muslim woman today, I take faith in this and am aware that if I were wrongly treated, I could speak up. Just because many women choose not to speak up does not mean they are not allowed to. Often times, women will remain silent in order to protect their reputation or the name of their family. This too is their right. It must also be said that this kind of thing can happen anywhere in the world in any society.
Some women however do speak up. One example is the case of Rania Al Baz, A Saudi television presenter.  Speaking up really has nothing to do with your religion. It has more to do with how brave you can be in a male dominated world. (Yes, the world! Not just one society)