The role of women in the Philippines (Pinays) is explained according to the spirit of Filipino culture, standards, perspectives and thoughts. The Philippines has been described as a nation of strong women, who directly and indirectly run families, businesses, government offices and farms. Although they generally define themselves in a male-dominated Asian setting in a post-colonial and Catholic society, Filipino women live in a community-oriented culture, with the family at the core of society. It is in this framework - with the power of equality, social diversity, reason to believe, and living in a developing country of the world - that Filipino women struggle. Compared to other parts of Southeast Asia, women in Philippine society have consistently enjoyed a greater degree of legal equality.
In the urban labor market, companies and businesses generally employ women for lower wages and menial duties. Generally, men are hired for professional positions and women for secretarial positions, although the level of education is equal. Not only will the Philippines receive low wages, but there will be additional secretarial duties. This "helpful thinking" begins in childhood. In school, young boys are often elected to organizational positions such as president and vice president, while young women are elected as members or treasurers. Girls prove their worth by persevering in tasks and being responsible students. Compared to the Filipino man, Philippine women carry their obligation to provide financial support to the family after their periods of education and even after marriage. On the other hand, the man is able to save his salary and has no obligations to the family.
However, current human resource management practices in companies and businesses allow for equality. This can now be seen in the presence of many women holding high positions in large and small organizations. There are also many women who hold managerial and supervisory positions in banks, governments, and even multinational companies.