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Feature: Ratio of women to men in executive jobs in RP, highest in the world

Tacloban City (September 11) -- The ratio of women to men in executive jobs in the Philippines is the highest in the world at 58 percent, the International Labor Organization reported recently.

Following as second is Barbados with 43.4 percent and then the United States with 42.3 percent.

The figure was the highest among 32 countries surveyed by the Grant Thornton International Business Record.

The number of women in senior positions rose to 2.257 million in 2006 from the 2.162 million in 2004. The number of men in similar jobs increased to 1.629 million from 1.613 million in the same period, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

Women make up about 40 percent of the Philippine work force of about 37 million people, but they dominate office jobs, according to DOLE.

Women are recognized as better managers of people and they are more hardworking Experts opined that the country's colonial experiences might help explain the country's leading position in the number of women executives.

Women were not encouraged to seek a separate personality during the Spanish colonization. The women's influence remained in the confines of the home, and yet Philippine history is full of stories of Filipino women who influenced the future of the country then.

The heavy influence of US culture on the Filipinos explains the phenomenon well. Equal opportunities for all became a battle cry. Women were allowed to go to school and to organize as women aggrupation and later were given the right of suffrage. Then rise the first Filipino woman senator, first Filipino woman ambassador and the women who organized the first university for women.

The advent, in recent decades, of women in strong leadership positions, including former President Corazon Aquino and current President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, led to a further change in the outlook toward the traditional role of women.

A more accepting society provided women with equal opportunities allowing them to enter the executive world with confidence. These opportunities are now given to women not on the basis of gender but on the basis of personal ability, guile and strong leadership skills and mindsets. (PIA 8) [top]

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