February 2013, South Korea joined Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Philippines and Mongolia as an Asian country that has democratically elected a female head of government. This meaning that half of Asia’s four billion people has lived with a female leader, making Asia the number one continent for female political power (Nithin, 2013).
Women in Asia have traditionally been treated as second-class citizens as religion has been a major cultural influence effecting the position of women throughout Asia Pacific (Kaup, 2007). Female leaders in Asia have risen greatly over the years as western influences have become more evident in most Asian societies. Western societies believe in gender equality, individual rights and have strong influences from other religions. This meaning more women will be allowed to become educated therefore having a higher chance of becoming leaders.
The rise of female leaders in Asia is no surprise, as historically many Asian cultures are matriarchal, especially in the south and southeast regions (Nithin, 2013).
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