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This month we're talking about Feminity and the rise of Soft Power in Southeast Asia featuring Emma Gage, Managing Director of Flamingo New York. The struggle for gender equality plays out very differently in a Southeast Asian context. Unlike the 'hard-nosed, railing against the system' often seen in Western feminism discourse, women in this region embrace and utilise the very things that set them apart.

Globally, it has been well documented that women have been evolving faster than men – leaving men in a state of crises. In SEA, this phenomena is much more evident as women continue to progress at rapid rates – educationally, economically and socially. Despite this explosion of opportunity that a thriving economy brings – most women are still held back by the traditional expectations around their roles as wife and mother. These expectations are not viewed as regressive and many women take a pragmatic approach in fusing their modern feminine aspirations to socio-cultural expectations.

This month we're talking about Feminity and the rise of Soft Power in Southeast Asia featuring Emma Gage, Managing Director of Flamingo New York. The struggle for gender equality plays out very differently in a Southeast Asian context. Unlike the 'hard-nosed, railing against the system' often seen in Western feminism discourse, women in this region embrace and utilise the very things that set them apart.

Globally, it has been well documented that women have been evolving faster than men – leaving men in a state of crises. In SEA, this phenomena is much more evident as women continue to progress at rapid rates – educationally, economically and socially. Despite this explosion of opportunity that a thriving economy brings – most women are still held back by the traditional expectations around their roles as wife and mother. These expectations are not viewed as regressive and many women take a pragmatic approach in fusing their modern feminine aspirations to socio-cultural expectations.

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