Thanks for the comments. However, I am not sure that women aren't allowed to speak in church services and that the commnand to be silent is taken out of the context in which it was intended. If it is forbidden to speak in the assemblies, then why does Paul deal with issues such as what women should wear while they pray and prophesy in assemblies? Surely they must have done this out loud? (I Cor. 11:5-16). I think the clarification of Paul was for a particular congregation on a particular issue.
My other questions are these:
why can't women get up and pass around the Lord's supper? Even people who think we should be silent must realize that this can be done without speaking and also that it is entirely made up by men.
IF we are to shut up in the assembly, how come we can sing in the assembly? I see nothing in the Bible that says we can't talk, but we can sing? Should we just sing-song our questions and comments and then it would be alright?
I do agree that women do a lot in the church but so do men and I think that each should be able to do that function which they are good at. So, if a small church had a woman who was an accountant, why not let her go to the business meetings and help out with what she knows?