It was about 35 years ago. Women’s roles within the Orthodox community weren’t a hot topic, but my curiosity was peaked — who was in charge of the mikveh I was frequenting? To my surprise and dismay, the entire board of the mikveh was comprised of men.
This upset me on two levels.
One was from a tzniut perspective—why were men involved in our space? As many women paid by check it would have been easy for the men to know who used the mikveh and when, which felt a bit invasive. [Read more…]