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Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Sta. Mesa, Manila
College of Social Sciences and Development
Department of History

Changing History to Herstory:
The Rise of Women from Prejudice Filipino Society

Amosco Jr., Rosalito

In partial fulfillment for the requirements
of the Writing in the Discipline Course
of Professor Marissa Mayrena

January 31, 2013

Changing History to Herstory:
The Rise of Women from Prejudice Filipino Society

OUTLINE

Thesis Statement:The involvement of Constitution, enlightenment, impact of culture and tradition and influence of media opened the door of opportunities for the equality of men and women.

I.Introduction
A.Historical Background
1. Pre-Colonial Period
2. Colonial Period
3. Modernization Period
II. Catalysts of Gender Equality
A. Constitution
B. Impact of Culture and Tradition
C. Influence of Media
D. Radical Enlightenment
II.The Rise of Women
A. Politics
B. Education
C. Employment
D. Security
E. Health Care
Changing History to Herstory:
The Rise of Women from Prejudice Filipino Society

Women are the precious pearl of our country, women are image of tranquility and felicity, Philippines is labeled a women country because of high respect of men to them, the whole population of the Philippines is largely dominated by women but with all this good attribute that describe women of Philippines they are crowned as second to men, a perfect example of inferiority. Why are they invisible in our History? Why it is there is no such Herstory and it is always a History? In this world of inequality and unjust, wherein everyone has title whether it is superior or not, we people always see this things unable to change. Among these inequalities which are common not only in our country but within the world is the gender imbalance, were women are subordinate in men, though women excelled in some fields they are still referred to be powerless and incapable in doing things. This kind of societal belief delivers women in abuse and violence. In early times, men see them as insignificant in developing a society. They often refer them as a material ready to be trade. From the archives of National Commission of History, Babaylan is the source of power of Datu in Pre-Colonial Period. The job Baybaylan is commonly given to women. Moreover, Melchora Aquino aided the revolutionaries in fighting the Philippine freedom. Similarly, The Women of Malolos helped to pave way to the 1896 Revolution. Correspondingly, Filipina helped for the establishment of HUKBALAHAP in the height of supremacy of Japanese in our country. Together with the presidency of late Cory Aquino, who is also the first Filipina president of our country. We cannot deny how women become so beneficial to the society. However society shaped the tricky minds of the community that women are inferior to men. Today it seems history is repeating itself. Women still suffer from gender discrimination. They receive fewer promotion and lesser benefits from their jobs. In addition, the slow pace of implementation of laws regarding gender equality result to the subordination of women. In spite of this, this research will provide a boundless and timeless knowledge and information regarding on how the women of Philippine rise from the prejudice society. The involvement of Constitution, enlightenment, impact of culture and tradition and influence of media opened the door of opportunities for the equality of women and men. Thousands of text written, women are yet unknown for many Filipinos. Come and sit for a while and travel back to the past wherein women struggle for their equality and how they bounce back to embrace their independence. Thousands of History textbooks are printed every day. In one of those textbooks, if someone scanned it carefully, he/she will notice that it is a rare occasion that a Filipina is mentioned. This invisibility of Filipina in History is such an...
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