The Prophet commanded others to fulfill women's rights and to honor their individuality and he showed a particular form of respect towards women himself while implementing these principles
Before the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was appointed as a prophet, Arab society generally considered women to be worthless and did not hold them in any great esteem. In addition, Arab society was negligent in relation to fulfilling women's personal and societal rights. However, from its very onset, Islam gave importance to all of mankind and considered the lives of both men and women to be precious.
The Prophet commanded others to fulfill women's rights and to honor their individuality and he showed a particular form of respect towards women himself while implementing these principles. His life is a display of this truth.
Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq (A.S), one of the descendants of the prophet (S.A.W.A) has said, "The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) would say “Salamun 'alaykum” to women and they would reply to his salutation. “
This action of greeting women by the Messenger of God conveys a reality; by doing this, he wanted to convey to his followers the value of women and their due respect.
Another example of his respect towards women is his being helpful to his wives. "The Prophet would sew his own clothes, open the door and milk sheep and camels himself. Whenever his servant would grow weary, he would mill wheat or barley himself. Before going to bed, he would prepare water for his ritual ablution (wudhu’) himself. He would cut up meat himself and when his family members were burdened with many things to do, he would provide them with help."
With regards to showing respect towards women the Prophet has said, "Beware, the best of you is he who is the best towards his women, and I am the best among all of you toward my women."