Batangas town's first female mayor: Women's emotions an 'asset' in leadership

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) — The first-ever lady mayor of Ibaan, Batangas is flipping the script on women supposedly being more emotional.

“They say that women are emotional and weak, you know some of them don’t believe that we deserve to be leaders,” Mayor Joy Salvame told CNN Philippines’ The Exchange with Rico Hizon.

“But I think right now, what’s happening to our country, I believe if being more emotional is being more loving, being resilient and by nature you’re more…enduring, I think those emotions are more of an asset,” she added.

The local chief executive likewise encouraged more women to pursue public service, especially with a patriarchal society needing a caring nature from leaders all the more.

Another town’s first-ever female mayor echoed the call for more women to answer the call of leadership.

“You have to step up and not consider yourself that you are just a woman, but you are a woman with substance and you can contribute to this society,” said Magallanes, Cavite Mayor Jasmin Maligaya-Bautista.

The mayor likewise cited how women have been filling more and more posts in local governments and in different branches of the state.

The Philippines has only had two female presidents so far: Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Meanwhile, a woman currently holds the second highest seat in the land: Vice President Leni Robredo.

Robredo previously remarked that women leading other countries have shown they can get the job done, citing the stellar pandemic responses of women-led countries. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen were among leaders earlier praised for implementing early measure which controlled the spread of COVID-19 in their homelands.