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Sunday, January 09, 2011


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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Rita Lacambra said...

Nice that you Prof are very appreciative of women in hierarchy.

Sandra Petralba said...

Prof Argonza surely has a space for gender and women in his mind. Keep it up!

Tanya Lim said...

Okey Sir Erle, great to hear you speak of gender power and relations. Pls continue to enlighten us about the matter.

Glenda McPherson said...

Well, we here in the USA could just dream for now of having a woman as president. 'Happy to see other countries leading the way.

Glenda McPherson said...

Well, we here in the USA could just dream for now of having a woman as president. 'Happy to see other countries leading the way.

Emma Black said...

I still need to see another lady premier in my UK land since after Thatcher. Hope other European countries will have their Merkel too.