I heard this news story on NPR yesterday. It's about a town in Israel where orthodox women are defying norms by running for town council.
I know I don't really know what life is like over there, but I tend to have the impression of Israel as a pretty progressive, advanced place. I've always been particularly impressed that decades ago they elected a female Prime Minister (Golda Meir), whereas so many nations--the USA most conspicuously--have not done so yet.
But this news story points out that even in such a modern nation, religious norms still serve to oppress. They even made women sit in the back of the bus! The more I learn about orthodox Judaism the more it infuriates me. It may not breed the same kind of violence as fundamentalist Islam--at least, not at the moment--but it is as backwards and oppressive in many ways.