In Moshe Rabbeinu's time women did make a statement. It was appreciated, understood, and accepted. Have you heard of the daughters of Tzelafchad? "God spoke to Moss, saying: 'The daughters of Tzelafchad have a just claim.'" See Numbers 27:1-9.
German authorities accused of playing down refugee shelter sex crime reports (Reuters)
from the article: The women's side of the Wall: How do you say 'dehumanized' in Israel?