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Women's Movements and the Filipina1986-2008$
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Mina Roces

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834999

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834999.001.0001

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(p.198) Conclusion
Women's Movements and the Filipina

Mina Roces

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter looks back to the accomplishments made by Filipino women's organizations over the past two decades, in the process reflecting on the lessons drawn from the preceding chapters. Although the women's movements have not really dismantled the grand narrative of woman as wife and mother, they have nonetheless shaken the fundamental beliefs about womanhood. But outside of the legacies left by these movements, the chapter turns to issues peripheral to feminist activism. It emphasizes the significance of challenging existing definitions of masculinity as well, noting that such an issue might very well be the next step for women activists. Yet, invoking discourses such as human rights, and nationalist discourses such as the babaylan and the precolonial past glory, activists continue to remind audiences that the Filipino woman is still at the center of debate in the women's movements.

Keywords:   women's organizations, women's movements, womanhood, masculinity, Filipino woman

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