Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Women are making themselves felt more and more in the field of state governance these days. It surely pays to reflect on the increasing ascent of women in this field of endeavor.
In my own country PH, women have since expanded their presence in the top management of state and business bureaucracies. Latest count by the commission on women puts the number at 40% of total exec seats held by women, which renders PH among the exemplars of women empowerment in Asia and the world.
Our immediate past president, Gloria Arroyo, showed her own executive acumen as the Philippines graduated to middle income status from that of a poor 3rd world country during her incumbency. In 1986, our first lady president Corazon Aquino became the iconic symbol of democracy domestically and worldwide. Both lady leaders joined the select coterie of globally influential lady execs for their exemplary feats.
The most recent additions to the lady chief execs are Australia’s Premier Julia Gillard and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. I’ve already expressed my kudos to the noblesse ladies, and I wish that they will propel their respective countries towards greater growth and magnanimity in the global community.
The latest gender report shows the following list of lady chief execs (see AFP, 2011):
Australia: Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Argentine: President Cristina Kirchner
Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed
Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff
Costa Rica: President Laura Chinchilla
Croatia: Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor
Finland: President Tarja Halonen
Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel
Iceland: Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir
India: President Pratibha Patil
Ireland: President Mary McAleese
Kyrgyztan: Interim President Roza Otunbayeva
Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaite
Slovakia: Prime Minister Iveta Radicova
Switzerland: Confederal President Doris Leuthard
Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Goodwill and best wishes to all the women chief execs! Mabuhay!
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