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In Israel Ultra-Orthodox Women Emerge as Tech Entrepreneurs

  • Women look to bring more money home as primary breadwinners
  • In the Amish-like community, men are devoted to Torah study
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While Silicon Valley is just beginning to confront decades of sexism and discrimination, female founders in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community say their segregated gender roles have an unintended benefit -- encouraging growing ranks of women entrepreneurs.

In the haredi community, many women serve as the main caregivers and breadwinners while their husbands focus on Torah study. One result is that entrepreneurship is often a better way for Orthodox female founders to provide for their large families.