Women's Movements and the Filipina 1986-2008
Focuses on how contemporary women's organizations have represented and refashioned the FIlipina in their campaigns to improve women's status by locating her in history, society, and politics; imagining her past, present, and future; representing her in advocacy; and identifying strategies to transform her. The drive to alter the situation of women included a political aspect (lobbying and changing legislation) and a cultural one (modifying social attitudes and women's own assessments of themselves). In this work, Mina Roces examines the cultural side of the feminist agenda: how activists have critiqued Filipino womanhood and engaged in fashioning an alternative woman. How did activists theorize the FIlipina and how did they use this analysis to lobby for pro-women legislation or alter social attitudes? What sort of role models did women's organizations propose, and how were these new ideas disseminated to the public? What cultural strategies did activists deploy in order to gain a mass following?