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Women's Bid For Office Fails In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town

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A handful of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women ran for office Tuesday in a tiny, religious Israeli town. It was a challenge to traditional gender roles. One of their leaders said Wednesday that they failed to win a seat in the vote for the town council of El'ad. But she said the run was "amazing" and they wouldn't give up.


And we want to update you now on a story from Emily on yesterday's program. She told us about five ultra-Orthodox women running for office in a tiny Israeli town. It's a mainly religious community. In fact, the town's name, El'ad, means Forever God. Their run for office was a challenge to traditional gender roles.

This morning, one of leader of the group told Emily they failed to win a seat on the town council in yesterday's vote. But she said the run was, quote, "amazing," and they have no plans to give up.

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