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✎ The Changing Role of Women in the Philippine Society




Every woman is beautiful in her own rights. It is not the race nor her cultural background that makes her, but her principles and character will mark who she is wherever she will be.

Talking about the Filipina is like painting a unique picture of who she is but not devoid of credibility for I am connected to her heritage.

THE FILIPINA AS A LEADER

The Filipina woman has marked a legacy of positive transformation from her past submission to authority figures to her present strong persona that makes her a complete character in the face of challenges as a working mother, who administers beyond the confines of her home, and manages people and resources as well in her work environment.

She is capable of handling dual tasks and still excels no matter what.

Great women leaders like the late President Corazon C. Aquino, has ]proven to the international community that Filipina women could stand in the face of injustice against her fellowmen. She is the institution behind people power or the Edsa revolution in 1986 when she met the challenge of the late President Ferdinand Marcos head on.

Hers was not merely a courage displayed but it has instilled in the mind of the world that if a Filipina woman wanted to make a difference, she could stand for her people no matter what.


THE FILIPINA AS AN OFW

The Filipina endures the pains and trials of being away from her family to earn a living. Clothed with the determination to provide the best life for her family, she would accept whatever fate befalls on her, even work as a domestic helper although she has a college degree that she could use in her own country.


She seeks for a greener pasture not because of her own satisfaction but owing to her selflessness to better the life of her family.

As a mother, the Filipina woman excels not only in the arena of
women empowerment but empowerment of her family as well by
teaching her kids to stand upright in the face of any obstacle to
ensure a brighter future for everyone.

She is practical and selfless. She is beyond herself when it comes to the welfare of her family.

THE FILIPINA AS AN ACTIVIST

History has proven that Filipina women could face any form of threat to her country as demonstrated by Gabriela Silang, a Filipina heroine who joined the Philippine revolution against foreign colonizers. Although the normal Filipina is always submissive to authority, but locked inside her soul is the courage that unleashes itself once her freedom is pushed to the wall.


THE FILIPINA IN THE FUTURE

Education and heightened awareness to her constitutional rights, the Filipina will not yield to the odds of life. She could afford to stand up and move forward for her personal progress and that of her loved ones as well.

The changes are considered to be positive for her awakened psyche understands her roles and limitations in the Philippine society.

She immerses herself into the issues of peace, justice and balanced governance. She joins action groups that rally for the cause of battered women and those who need help.

In fact, the filipina woman has metamorphosized from her own shell to a bigger dimension that added glow to her profile, inspiring other souls to be like her.

That is the Filipina woman. A woman that she has to be.



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