In the Middle Ages, a Jewish woman's social well-being was considered important, but her life was strictly guided by Jewish law.
The rabbis of the Talmud designated specific female roles and activities, and were wary of women's nature, but they also tempered biblical laws that caused hardships for women.
In the Bible, women are sometimes portrayed as men's equals and other times as men's subordinates — or property.
Women & Feminism
What the Bible, Talmud and other classic texts say about women and their roles.