What is the ruling on education for women in Islam?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from South Africa, in:
Religious Authority: 
Ebrahim Desai
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
What is the ruling on education for women in Islam?

It is a requirement upon women to acquire that amount of knowledge which will enable them to correctly discharge the obligations of religion pertaining to them and aid them in abstaining from haram (forbidden) acts. There are certain secular subjects which are imperative for them to study, such as treatment of female related disorders.

If a lady wishes to further her Islamic studies or study other lawful secular subjects, she is allowed to do so provided the limits set by sharia are fully observed. This knowledge would further prove to be beneficial, if directed to serve Islam and the Muslims.