In an episode of Paano Ba 'To: The Podcast, Bianca Gonzalez interviews Angel Locsin about the gender stereotype that strong women—those in leadership positions—are somehow less likeable and less feminine.
This conversation began when a fan who described herself as "opinionated" and "career-driven" asked for advice on how to address the stigma and debunk these misconceptions. Angel expressed how sad it is that even now, in 2021, this is still an issue. She also said that she's had similar experiences. Our patriarchal society and our culture play big roles in how these beliefs are passed down.
"'Pag hindi ka sweet, 'pag hindi ka soft, 'pag hindi ka caring, 'pag hindi ka tahimik, 'pag hindi ka mahinhin, 'pag hindi ka masunurin sa asawa mo, 'pag hindi ka 'yes, sir' 'yes, sir' lang, hindi ka na likeable," the actress told Bianca.
We still have a long way to go when it comes to creating space for women and making sure they feel safe and comfortable, especially in an office environment. Moreover, Angel thinks it's time that women are given opportunities to rise in their careers, partly so that others have a "peg" because having role models is crucial in changing the gender stereotypes we have.
Before the end of the interview, Angel advised the letter sender to value and to stay true to her opinions: "Mas i-value mo yung opinion mo kasi dun tayo nas-stuck. Hindi puwedeng gagawa ka ng isang bagay na nagma-matter lang yung opinon ng iba. Kasi ang pinakaimportanteng tao dito is ikaw... It doesn't mean na wala kang pakialam o wala kang malasakit sa opinyon ng ibang tao...mas importante tanungin mo yung sarili mo, 'Tama ba 'to? Mali ba 'to? Paano ba 'to?'"
Watch Angel Locsin's full interview below:
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