Thanks to my daily Google alert for the word "Judaism," here's a great blog post by an open-minded Orthodox rabbi (I don't mean to imply that these terms are oymorons, but sometimes they are, unfortunately) about the tendency of Judaism to look to the Matriarchs as role models for women, and the Patriarchs for men. But we all need to learn from all of these figures, no matter our respective genders:
The Sexing of Judaism's Founders
" ... I am still disturbed by the implicit suggestion that Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov belong on one side of the mechitzah, and Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah are property of the women’s section. Do we really want to teach our children to emulate only those biblical figures who share their chromosomes? And where does that dichotomy leave people of more vague sexual identity?"