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“Women are buffaloes; Men are humans.” When Plaak Pibulsongkram became premier in 1938, women were catapulted to an exalted status. They were told that they were men’s equal and at the same time, they were exhorted to be “flowers of the nation” – beautiful and submissive. This paper examines Phibun’s motivations behind his policies on raising the status of women. Was he genuinely interested in the emancipation of women? Or were they just another tool in nation-building?