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Superwomen, soaring high!

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob

PATRIARCHY is over!

Or at least, that’s what I believe in. What I want to believe in. I think women of today are more empowered, more engaged, and more competent and competitive. They are more than mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. They are going beyond the socially constructed ‘roles’ given to them.

In the Philippines, it is so apparent how women are gradually taking really vital functions, both in the corporate world and in government.

In an article written by Doris C. Dumlao published last March 9 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, she pointed out that the country is “home to more women managers than many other countries”. This means that more and more Filipinas are conquering top corporate leadership posts.

Dumlao also wrote that, “The ratio of Filipinas taking on leadership positions in business increased to 39 percent this year from 35 percent in 2011, placing the Philippines on the top league of countries with the highest percentage of women in the boardroom, according to the Grant Thornton’s International Business Report.”

Indeed, women, particularly Filipino women, are not only an integral part of the consumer market, they’re also part of the production, more admiringly some are the frontrunners of a number of businesses.

Likewise, in our country’s ever-dramatic world of politics, women are significant. Though the executive branch of government is headed by a man, the judiciary, for the very first time in the country’s history, has a woman head in the person of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In addition, women are also well represented in the legislative branch from senators to district representatives. Here in Pangasinan, four of the six districts are represented in Congress by women. And another good thing to note, the country’s ombudsman is Conchita Carpio-Morales, a woman more than anything else.

So it be about politics, entrepreneurship, family, women can prevail. In the end, women are not, or say no longer the second-rate gender. Superwomen — that’s who we are, no contentions.

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