Why Women Are Invisible in PH History

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HISTORIANS and investigative writers are taking seriously the issue why women have been invisible in history. They study why, for example, some great women like the beautiful former three-term councilor of the 1st District of Valenzuela City Jenny Perez Pingree and currently president of TFOE-PE Road Warrior Lady Eagles Club are regarded as “historic but not heroic.”

Understandably, most of these prolific writers, who are addressing the injustice, are women. They are now looking into the position and role of women in reshaping the future of this country and of other critical periods in recent years like the West Philippine Sea controversy, among many others.

Women’s invisibility owes itself largely to history being engrossed in heroic deeds in the physical realm which is gross and where they are disadvantaged. While the unfolding of history in either gradual or evolutionary events, on one hand, and in upheavals, wars and revolution on the other, is also due to the ideas and ideals where women and men can stand on equal grounds according to their respective capabilities; this disadvantage cannot be removed from traditional history.

There’s nothing more sexier than a strong,

smart, educated, compassionate and

independent woman like Jenny Perez

Pingree.

In this case, we are looking into the participation of women like Jenny at a certain time in our history as Filipinos. This is therefore not a manifesto for the cause of women in an all-embracing, philosophical way, for their total role transcends political struggle.

We are constricting ourselves for specific acts done in the service to the country for purposes of this article. This participation, of course, was dreadfully delimited not by the women’s capabilities but by the context of the male-dominated and male-led society in which they live. And so before we conclude let us take a brief glimpse of what had been said, in summary, of Filipino women in politics and public service. The highlight is on Jenny Perez Pingree, the “phenomenal woman.”** — Sign of the Cruz/Penpower Pilipinas

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