Status of Women in the Philippines Revisited
On my first paper, I argued that although our country experiences greater societal equality compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, we do not give them the chance to excel more in their chosen fields and be equal as men can be. And since I ended stating that I was confused whether I really have made my point, now on my final paper I have already reflected as to whether there really is a societal equality here in the Philippines.
On my first paper, I ended with the question that runs through my mind every time I hear equality and that is; “do Filipinas really experience equality?” Until now, I actually think that what I have written was correct, that most people might probably answer yes because of obvious reasons. First reason is that aside from giving women the right to vote, the emergence of women as presidents show that the citizens have high respect for women also. Apart from women being presidents, senators, cabinet secretaries and many other government related positions, there are a lot of Filipinas who now excel in works that initially considered just for men. However, even with a lot of reasons to say yes to the question, there would still be some people who will answer that Filipinas still do not experience equality. The possible reasons why some people would say no is because of apparent examples that we see in the senate. First example would be Grace Poe- Llamanzares. A lot may have known her because she was the chairman of Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) before she was elected as senator however those who know her will still not be enough to save her a seat in the senate. I find it really interesting that before she was announced as a senatorial candidate for the 2013 elections, her life story was actually featured in Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) in the Kapamilya channel. What I really remember from that episode of MMK was when she said that she does not want to be...
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