The Status of Women in Halakhic Judaism, Saul J. Berman, Tradition, Vol. 14:2 (1973)
There is a critical distinction between a mandated role and a preferred role. Jewish law, as we have seen, specifically refrained from mandating for women the exclusive role of wife-mother-homemaker. It may very well be the case that throughout most of human history there were no alternatives practically available. But are we to assume that the Torah did not foresee the current developments and therefore simply failed to make adequate provisions to further eliminate such choices when they would become possible? On the contrary, it would seem to me that we would be compelled to conclude the exact opposite, that the Torah specifically intended to keep alternative options open in expectation of a time when they might become possible.
“On the Ordination of Women as Rabbis,” Rabbi Joel Roth, 1984
Women may be counted in a minyan or serve as the prayer leader only when they have accepted upon themselves the voluntary obligation to pray as required by the law, and at the times required by law, and only when they recognize and affirm that failure to comply with the obligation is a sin. Then they may be counted in the quorum and serve as the agents for others. This is the position which I would recommend to the Faculty for adoption.
Blu Greenberg, On Women and Judaism: A View From Tradition (1981)
Where there was a rabbinic will, there was a halachic way.