Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, Vol 16, No 1 (2001)

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Vietnamese Women and Leadership in the 20th Century: Prospects for Vietnamese Women Leaders in the 21st Century

Ha Thi Thu Huong

Abstract


The last few decades have marked a turning point in the role of women in Vietnam. Formerly acknowledged as the "Minister of Home Affairs," women were I able to break free from the shackles of traditional beliefs. These beliefs kept them i
from having a life outside household servitude. During the decades of war, women displayed leadership and courage. In peace time, women educated themselves and later held important government positions as Vietnam transformed itself into a free market economy. The former second class citizens were able to distinguish themselves further in the economic, political, social realms. Now supported by government and an appreciative society, there is a brighter future for the women of Vietnam as leaders in the next century.

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