Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the fourteenth president of the Republic of the Philippines. She became the country’s leader in necessity after the ouster of former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada and then was elected as president during the 2004 elections.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is also the second female president of the republic. This paper is a manifestation on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as a female head of the nation guided by the Platonic idea on equality on women.
First, this paper will tackle the arguments of Plato about the equality of women in his work ‘The Republic’-- the predicaments of human nature on men and women and the points for a woman to qualify for becoming a guardian that serves the polis as an equal of men. It will also discuss why the sexes or the gender of a person does not affect the skillfulness or the capacity that he or she possess for his or her ‘will be’ given occupation. This paper will also present parallel facts to support the theory on female equality by taking a look at some of the general factors of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her terms of service in the country and its people. Lastly, it will try to merge the Platonic theory by comparing the performance of other Philippine male presidents to that of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to sum up a conclusion that women can be (not superior to) but of equal to men.
From the ancient times, women were being eyed in the society as mere properties and were only good for working at household chores. In the Philippine history, if the lineage of presidency would be traced back, one would see that in the past, only the males were allowed to be in the candidacy and become a leader. It took ten male presidents to be on administration before the first female president emerged, by the name of Maria Corazon Cojuanco-Aquino. With that, it could be observed that there was a long gap before a female president finally had a chance to govern the country. This clearly...