The emergence of Corazon Aquino, Imelda Marcos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as political figures shows that Filipino society have high regard on Filipino women, in spite of its male chauvinism.
Modern-day Filipinas are making strides in electoral politics by initiating more female-oriented programs.
During the last part of the colonization of the Philippines, Isabella II of Spain, introduced the Education Decree of 1863 that provided for the establishment of at least two free primary schools, one for boys and another for girls, in each town under the responsibility of the municipal government.
Later when Philippines were ceded to the United States of America, the latter introduced a new public education system which retained opportunity to every child regardless of gender.
Despite hailing from South-East Asia, women here do not have the typical Asian features that Chinese or Korean women have.
This is probably due to a long history of racial amalgamation following three and a half centuries of Spanish rule and then a century and more of American influence.
Traditional gender roles One result of being firmly embedded in the family network is that Philippine women have definite gender roles.
like most Asian cultures, traditional Philippine society too believes that the place of the woman is in the home as a result of which duties like cooking, washing, keeping house and raising children are usually the lot of Philippine women, whether in cities or in rural areas.
So whether you are thinking of meeting women in the Philippines or wish to know better a woman of Philippine origin, here are a few traits you can be prepared for.They have the ability to speak English well, way better than those from the neighboring countries.Strong political presence One aspect of society where the strength and education of Philippine women has been in the limelight is politics.The country has always functioned on the strength of its women, who directly and indirectly run the family unit, businesses, government agencies and haciendas.Reasonably educated Another asset which has prevented Philippines women from being victimized in a traditional society is education.