Most religions are sexist and racist. These qualities were in fashion when the religions were created. Today they have fallen out of fashion which motivates "reforms" within some religions. As one of the oldest "monotheistic" religions, the sexism and racism problems are even more readily apparent in Judaism. This is not an easy fix without making fundamental changes to the religion, including the holy books.
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from the article: Not only the ultra-Orthodox discriminate against women in Israel