As a recovered former fundamentalist Christian, I departed from that clique for precisely these reasons of inbuilt sexism. Women were seen as more base in nature because it was Eve who succumbed to Satan's temptation and then lured Adam down the same path. As a highly intelligent graduate I was told my marriage was in trouble because I was failing to submit to my husband. So instead, I left him and left that church.
And the final irony in my personal tale of escaping fundamentalism was that the landlord whose house I moved into was a lovely, kind, supportive GAY man who was exactly the kind of non-judgemental company I needed during a difficult transition.