1. whatever equalities or inequalities muslim women have in the west depend on their cultural background and upbringing. You may be surprised to learn that many muslim women in a country like Malaysia enjoy a much better observance of their rights because their countrymen have a clearer understanding of Islamic teachings.
2. It is not acceptable, nor is it expected nor required, in Islam for women to be 'subservient' to men, for the most part, whether in the East or the West, as it is, in fact, Not the will of God. Muslim men and women (within a family setting) both have rights that must be fulfilled by the other, both have duties of faith that are equal in the eyes of God (such as prayers - fasting - pilgrimage - paying alms - fairness in treatment of others), and both have social and familial responsibilities that are different (depending on circumstance) in the eyes of society. (The correct application of this concept in the real world, however, is far from perfect, due to the vast ignorance of many modern muslims)
3. To an extent, there is a difference in how Eastern and Western muslims view things such as current events and political affairs. Muslims who have lived all their lives in the West may also view religious matters differently. However, don't forget that there is a large chunk of the Western muslim population that emigrated to the West with their own perceptions, cultural traditions, beliefs and ignorances fully intact and impervious to any influence from western culture.
I'm guessing that you may have already come across people who've given you similar answers for the purpose of 'correcting misconceptions'. As long as people keep asking such questions, those of us who do know the truth will continue to make these corrections, so please don't dismiss them.
I just hope this hasn't added to the confusion.
thanks for the question..
am a muslim woman who spent some years in the USA, lived in Saudi Arabia most of my life, and studied Islamic teachings, history and Sharia law in school.