Even when the head of a business or enterprise is a man, it is not uncommon to find that it is a woman who really "runs the show".
[Source: Canadian Center for Intercultural Learning ] The Filipino family is generally classified as egalitarian.
Women work as teachers, clerks, owners of sari-sari stores, marketers of produce and health care providers.
Occupational gender lines are blurred since men also work as nurses and teachers.
They could own and inherit property, engage in trade and industry, and succeed to chieftainship in the absence of a male heir. Essays on Philippine Culture, *^*] See Separate Articles on Filipino Brides and Children in the Philippines; Birth Control and Abortion, See Population; Working Women, See Labor Dr. Leyson wrote in the Encyclopedia of Sexuality: “The traditional gender roles in Filipino society are strongly influenced by centuries of Islamic culture, Chinese mores, and 425 years of deep-rooted Spanish Catholic traditions.
They had exclusive right to educate and to name their children. During the Spanish times a woman continued the use of her maiden name after marriage, or else merely appended her husband's surname to her own, and the children assumed the hyphenated surname. However, since the 1960s, traditional Filipino gender culture has been transformed by tremendous Western - European and American - influences, except in the Muslim-dominated southern islands, which have been much less influenced by Western contacts.
These women have no right to divorce or to remarry if widowed. D., Encyclopedia of Sexuality www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology, 2001 |~|] The traditional colonial Filipina was supposed to reach marriage in a virginal state.
Those who try to defy these traditions have been ostracized and sometimes driven to depression or even to suicide. She was expected to take care of the domestic tasks, go to church, bear and educate children, and support her man in his political, professional, and economic endeavors.
A wife’s position and security within her husband’s family remains ambiguous until she produces a male heir.The oldest daughter is expected to become an overseas worker (OSW) to provide money for the education of younger siblings and for the needs of aging family members. The wedding ceremony can include the gift of a coin from the groom to the bride to acknowledge this role.Since personal relationships and wealth are considered the road to success, women have an equal opportunity to achieve.Women have traditionally been expected to be involved in nurturing tasks like education and service, while men were supposed to be leaders in politics. Their role of a woman in many ways is defined by Catholicism. On the other hand women are often invited to dinner and evening outing unlike other Asian countries when night out are often men only affairs. Women occupy a high place in society, politics and the professions.They enjoy equal social and political rights with men.