Since anti-woman sexism is an integral part of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, the only way these women are going to succeed is if they stop following Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and stop producing children who do likewise. Otherwise, they’re stuck with the Abrahamic misogyny. Fortunately, this group of fervent misogynists is tiny; unfortunately, many of them have beaucoup bucks, which means they can and do influence policies well beyond their demographics.
As a temp, I once worked briefly for a massive company called “Olympia and York,” which was responsible for constructing many skyscrapers and other buildings in NYC and Toronto, among others. The owners of the company are Ultra-Orthodox Jews or Haredi who were extremely wealthy. I was the receptionist at their HQ in NYC for a few days. I had to wear not only a dress that was below my knees but also to make sure that my elbows were covered. Apparently, a woman’s elbows are just so very sexy. I don’t think they made me cover my hair, but I was just a goy, so they cut me some slack.
I also once worked as a receptionist for Sutton Place Synagogue in New York. The old, chain-smoking women there were horrendous and basically chased me out after a few hours – the same they had done with the previous receptionists. The rabbi’s wife was very nice and couldn’t understand why I was leaving. She asked me to stay, because I said, “Shalom, Sutton Place Synagogue” so well. 🙂
I had many experiences with Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews in NYC and Los Angeles. These latter are especially xenophobic and consider non-Jews to be inferior.
The women sit in the front instead of the back as they are supposed to here. Some followers of ultra-Orthodox Judaism believe men and women should be separated in public, although it is illegal under Israeli law. Women who challenge segregation have been insulted and spat upon….
In certain neighborhoods, advertisements showing women have been vandalized. Women are encouraged to walk on the other side of the street from men, and recently, an 11-year-old schoolgirl complained on television of being harassed. Critics say some rabbis condone these activities….
To base one’s worldview on genitalia is a mark of unconsciousness and unenlightenment. Is forcing women into such subservience and enslavement the only way these men can get mates?