I just came across an article which argues that Ramah camps (the Conservative Movement's summer camps) are not modeling egalitarian ritual behavior (meaning they require boys to wear kippah, and tallit and tefillin at the appropriate age- but don't even suggest it for girls, much less require it, even though egalitarianism is at least a stated ideal in most Conservative communities), and that this is contributing to a failure in the movement's move toward women's participation and leadership.
These are the sorts of things that get my blood boiling. In pluralistic settings, I get that one can't require women to do these things (although I was a pretty big advocate for "if you want to daven from the amud/read Torah, you need to wear a tallit/kippah" in college, before giving it up as exclusionary). I understand that plenty of people hold positions that say that one is ok or even desirable, but the other- usually the ritual gear, is beged ish (men's clothing), or something of the like.
But in a Conservative movement camp? In a community where we want to accept non-egalitarianism, but where the majority is egalitarian? Fine- don't make it required. But make it highly suggested. Maybe even make it the standard- for which one can get an exception. (Either way, some children will be taunted and made to be unusual. How ethical is it for me to change which ones it will be?)
These things are significant Jewish ritual items, and for me at least, once they became a regular part of my life, they help. It isn't some mystical thing- but when I'm struggling to pray, if I can just get my tallit and tefillin on, the rest starts to flow better. And, if you think doing more mitzvot is better (a generally positive position)- then why not encourage girls to at least try these mitzvot out while at summer camp? Why not ask our counselors to be role models?
If my daughters (hypothetical, at least for now) aren't going to get egalitarian role modeling at a Conservative camp, why should I send them there, instead of to an Orthodox camp where they'll at least get role modeling of frumkeit and, quite possibly, more time learning? (Of course, this is utterly un-researched.) Seriously- the thing that ties me to the Conservative Movement most strongly is egalitarianism. If that isn't presented as positive to our youth...