Empowered Women

When typically defining a women’s role in society, many people think housewife, caregiver, and cleaner, just to name a few. However, Sherry Ott has defied those stereotypes, proving that women can be as independent as men. Instead of just encouraging others to change their lifestyle, she has led by example, taking the initiative to transform her passion for traveling around the world into a full time job. While her timing was crucial to the development of her business, she has taken advantage of every opportunity that came her way.

She explained and went in depth about women’s roles in other countries. Learning that societies sometimes prevent women from being seen in public was a discouraging thought. Being hidden from the public seems demeaning since in the United States, we are all encouraged to speak up and be active. The pictures she showed helped to illustrate the dramatic differences between countries. It was refreshing that the Filipino women provide for their families instead of relying on their husbands. Likewise, in the future, I want to be respected for my decisions and to equally provide for my family.

With each experience she talked about, she made me realize that I need to break out of my comfort zone. I need to be thankful that I live in the United States and have the opportunities to even consider all the possibilities. I need to explore the world and get a better global perspective. She even made me think about how other women have furthered their lives by becoming entrepreneurs and doing something they are passionate about. Furthermore, she reminded me that every once in a while I have to take a step back to reevaluate what I want and where I want to go with my life. Even though nothing is every set in stone, I don’t want to live my life regretting that I bypassed an amazing opportunity.


Assumptions of Men and Women


1. Housework

Women do the majority of the housework even though they may have a job. This can range from taking care of the children, cooking and cleaning. However, this perception has drastically changed over the years.

2. Looking good

Women feel a need to always look their best.  This includes dressing up, wearing make-up and having their hair done. Failure to do so results in being labeled as a tomboy. In reality, physical appearance is not a requirement to be considered beautiful.

3. Behaving prim and proper

Women are expected to be on their best behavior: saying the proper things along with exhibiting excellent etiquette. For example, burping in public is considered repulsive for women but socially acceptable for men.

4. Emotional

During dramatic movies or stressful situations, women tend to shed a few tears. In general, they are more likely to openly show their emotions. Whether women are happy or distressed, people can often tell what’s going through their mind.

5. Gossiping

Women enjoy gossiping. They like to know what’s going on in everyone else’s life and keep themselves updated on current social events.


1. Physical strength

Men are physically stronger than women. Most men strive to have six-pack abs and toned muscles. In addition, they often spend their free time working out in the gym lifting weights or participating in sports.

2. Earning a higher income

Men tend to receive higher pay than women when they are performing the same tasks for the same job. In addition, men tend to get ahead faster in the work place especially in a male dominant work environment.

3. Handyman

Men are good at fixing broken appliances or home maintenance. Likewise I have relied on my father rather than my mother if I break something. In addition, occupations like construction tend to be a male dominated field.

4. Aggressive

When men set their mind to something, they never back down from a challenge. They always strive to win and dominate each situation. They don’t like feeling weak or vulnerable because that tarnishes their masculine image.

5. Protector

Men feel that they are responsible to protect their loved ones, especially female companions. If they are unable to do so or are weaker than their spouse, people will question their masculinity.


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