The phrase "the Jews incited the prominent women" caught my eye. At Shandon Baptist, I've been working with women's ministry coordinating making luopads (missions) and summer bible study. The focus behind the pads is to let women know that God loves them, and so do we. In the summer bible study, the focus is on enriching the lives of the ladies participating. In both instances, God cares deeply for women--for them to be drawn closer to Him, loved by Him, and to grow in His grace. I wouldn't call the women I work with "prominent." But who is to say that they aren't prominent in someone's life? Their families, their work, their church, their community. . . And as a prominent person, they have an influence to be a blessing or a curse (such as the prominent Jewish women mentioned in the verses above.)
It is important to remember that we do have an influence. God does want to love us and use us to spread His love to others. We are to be salt and light to the world--yes, even as women.