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Women can’t drive? See how #drivenwomen break stereotypes

March 7, 2018 | Philippines
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These days, it’s surprising to still hear generalizations and stereotypes about the things women can and cannot do. In particular, it’s shocking to see so many memes about how women can’t drive, because if, like us, you’ve experienced riding with a female driver on Uber, you’d know that you actually get some of the safest, most comfortable, and most interesting rides with them.

That’s why this International Women’s Day, we’re paying tribute to all the #DrivenWomen who drive change — Uber driver-partners who not only get us from point A to B every day, but also inspire us by breaking gender roles and driving change in their own respective fields, whether it be as a business owner, mother, young professional, or even a public servant.

See some of their stories below.

Women can’t be bosses?

Teresita will say that this is not the case, being the founder, owner, and CEO of her own shoe business for almost a year:
“I started my own shoe business with my partner, Eunice, almost a year ago, but we just started selling overruns. When I saw the opportunity to produce local doll shoes from craftsmen in Laguna, I took a chance and the rest was history. Now, I even have buyers in Bukidnon, CDO, Tacloban, and Davao.”

Women need men to provide for them?

Vivian proves otherwise. Widowed when her daughter was just 5 months old, she worked multiple jobs to make ends meet for her family. 13 years later, she is still her family’s sole breadwinner:
“My husband and I were both OFWs in Saudi Arabia then, but we decided to come back home to start a family. We had my daughter, and I stayed here to take care of her, while my husband went back to Saudi Arabia to work, but just a few months later, he died of a heart attack. I was left alone to take care of my daughter, so I enlisted into many jobs to provide for her. 13 years later, I’m still her sole provider, but we’ve been really happy.”

Women can’t do men’s jobs?

Minerva breaks this outdated stereotype, as an Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. She was also one of the only female volunteers to rescue families during Typhoon Ondoy:
“I’m part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and when Typhoon Ondoy hit the country, I was the only female volunteer in our group to jump in and help pull families out of the flood. I knew I needed to be physically fit to do the job, but when you see all those people who need the help, you will just really go for it. It’s an honor to be able to serve the country.”

A woman’s place is at home?

Marife left her family when she was 18 to forge her own path. She single-handedly paid her way through college, and is now a successful Systems Engineer:
“I’ve always been an independent person, moving out of my parents’ house at 18 to live alone. We didn’t come from a rich family, but that never really stopped me from working many jobs in different industries like call centers or fast food chains to provide for my own college education. Now, I’m a successful Systems Engineer.”

 

Who are the #drivenwomen in your life? Share it with us by using the hashtag #DrivenWomen.