From an Email:
While visiting a large manufacturing facility where the CEO was a woman, she extended her hand to me in a welcome to our facility. I responded in not extending my hand in return.
At the after visit inspection, there was a meeting in the conference room with the Company executives including of course the woman CEO. At that point the CEO stated that she felt that I disrespected her as a woman by not extending my hand in return. I was taken aback, as I was sure that they realize that Rabbis do not extend their hand to a woman.
I responded that, on the contrary because of our high regard for women as it says
כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה , we regard the woman as Royalty, not every commoner may extend their hand to a woman of Royalty. Protocol by the Queen of England is not to extend your hand to the Queen.
BTW, Kosher certifiers in general instruct their personnel not to extend their hand to women. Re: responding to a Woman who extends her hand, there are differences with the various Kashrus Organizations.
The Aguda party in Israel should have responded to the Israeli Supreme Court as above "Royalty does not run in elections".