THE Philippines rose to the top 10 position in the Gender Global Gap report released by the World Economic Forum in 2018 as one of the nations where men and women were more equal based on economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. Though the country slipped to the 16th spot last 2019, the Philippines still enjoys a place within the top 20 countries throughout the world.
Global recognition aside, Filipinas have been trailblazing and making a making an indelible mark in their respective industries even before patriarchial systems and institutions began to recognize and reward their invaluable efforts. Their numerous names and achievements flutter in the mind like an airport flipboard at peak season, but here are top tier movers and shakers of the republic who just happen to be mothers, wives, sisters, or daughters too.
Emma Imperial: Iconic woman behind Imperial Homes
With more than 30 years of experience, the president and chief executive officer of the Imperial Homes Group of Companies has gotten to where she is not just due to her skills but also due to her dedication and positive outlook in life.
While other might real-estate magnates might be drawn more to projects with bigger profit margins, Emma Imperial has stood steadfast in her mission to build affordable homes for all Filipinos. Imperial Homes Corporation can credit much of its success to the courage and determination of their leader. Imperial has not only been able to set up numerous cost-effective communities, but she has also improved and elevated the low-cost housing segment with her bold ideas and innovative solutions. (See related story on B5)