Alan, all this is nice rabbinical spin to cover up their misogyny and contempt for women. Study your Talmud and find out what they really concocted to keep women in a physical and intellectual mechitza. (Just one example: Better to burn the Torah than teach it to a woman etc. etc. etc. or: Teaching a woman Torah is teaching tiflut - etc. etc. David
from the article: Ultra-Orthodox school bars girl over her 'mother's immodesty'