Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Abraham Kahana Shapira is quoted by his assistant, R. Zalman Koitner, in a letter distributed by a group called “Women of Efrat for the Achdut of Halakha” and published in the newspaper Yom haShishi, 15 Adar 5791 (March 1, 1991), p. 8. R. Shapira’s letter indicates that although “. . . halakhically, a woman can read for other women,” nevertheless “one should not change the prevalent custom” which has followed the more stringent ruling of Mishna Berura (Korban Netanel). Several other poskim dissent as well; see: R. Menashe Klein, Resp. Mishne Halakhot, Mahadurah Tanyana, vol. 1, O.H. sec 550, R. Efraim Greenblatt, Resp. Rivevot Efrayyim, VII, 548, no. 3, and R. Shlomo Chaim Aviner, “miMi Lishmoa Megilla,”HaTsofeh, 28 Shvat 5764 (February 20, 2004), haMussaf, p. 4.
For a general discussion of womens’ Megilla readings, see: Aryeh A. Frimer, “Women’s Megillah Reading,” in “Traditions and Celebrations for the Bat Mitzvah,” Ora Wiskind Elper, Editor (Urim Publications: Jerusalem, 2003), pp. 281-304.
221.For example, R. David Cohen and R. David Feinstein, supra, notes 65 and 66. In the words of R. David Feinstein: “You can’t forbid women from doing that in which they’re obligated.” See also MiShiurei Maran haRishon leTsiyyon Rabbeinu Ovadiah Yosef Shelita, I, Gilyon 19, VaYera 5756, sec. 2, where R. Ovadiah Yosef permits a woman to read Megilla for a man (when necessary and only according to Sephardic usage), concluding: “And this is not, perish the thought, a Reform innovation, since this is the law and the halakha.”
On the question of whether, according to Ashkenazic usage, women can read Megilla for men, the following scholars propose that, in theory, this may be possible - but only at the night reading: R. Hanokh Henikh Agus, Marheshet, I, sec 22, no. 9; R. Aryeh Tsvi Fromer, Si’ah haSadeh, Sha’ar Birkhat haShem, sec. 4, end of no. 20, s.v. “Od yesh le-yashev;” R. Tsvi Pesah Frank, Mikraei Kodesh, Purim, sec. 29; R. Moshe Shternbuch, Mo’adim uZemanim, VII, addenda to II, sec. 171; R. Simcha Elberg, “Im Isha Motsi’a Ish beKeriat haMegilla,” HaPardes 51:6 (Adar 5737) sec. 40, p. 9 - reprinted in R. Simcha Elberg, Shalmei Simha, I, sec. 62; R. Simcha Elberg, “be-Din Im Isha Motsi’a Ish beKeriat haMegilla,” HaPardes 63:6 (Adar 5749) sec. 31, p. 4 - reprinted in R. Simcha Elberg, Shalmei Simha, V, sec. 44. R. Aryeh Pomeronchik, Eimek Berakha, Keriat Megilla, no. 3 takes the opposite position – that this may be possible - but only at the day reading. The following poskim critique these positions: R. Pesah Eliyahu Falk, Resp. Mahaze Eliyahu, sec. 22; Resp. Beit Avi, V, sec. 47; R. Isaac Ben-Shushan, Toldot