HE SAYS: It has always been assumed that those who have the XY chromosome are genetically better. This simply means that men are, far superior to the women. Defined as ‘chauvinism’, the act of belittling the fairer sex is still prevalent around the world but not in Asia.
For starters, those in power in many Asian countries are no longer fat, stout, plump or overweight men. Women are slowly but surely climbing up the political ladder.
Let’s not forget the legendary Aung San Suu Kyi whose efforts to liberate her country from the Junta government have been praised and commended by many. Suu Kyi is also honoured in the movie The Lady, chronicling her life’s ups and downs and her sheer willpower. Don’t forget the talented Datuk Michelle Yeoh. She is the only Malaysian actress to star in a Bond movie. Now that’s a super lady!
There are many more superwomen of Asia out there. All I’m trying to say is that we should treat each other as equals. Stop competing and start supporting each other.
SHE SAYS: Asian women seem to be everywhere these days. Whether it is in the entertainment industry or business, they seem to dominate. The Chinese proverb states that women “hold up half the sky.”
Asian women are unstoppable. Most of them have full time jobs, and at the same time, manage children and household chores. Their continuous willpower and motivation to succeed is the secret to their long-lasting success.
Did you know that 51 per cent of the world’s population is female, but only eight per cent of countries have elected a woman as their leader? Over the years, we have seen many female leaders across Asia who have successfully made a difference.
Asian women are also very intelligent, and able to work well under pressure; thus, they have a better ability to manage their hectic schedules and work their way up the corporate ladder.
Asian women are more empowered in the marketplace today than ever before. They have more disposable income and higher buying power. Their constant hard work and ability to manage their household responsibilities prove that there is no barrier to success.
Boon Nick 15, Selangor and Monica Prissha Fernandez 16, Negri Sembilan