Being a woman is not just confined to wearing dresses and Sampaguita Nation shows you why #DressLikeAWoman matters!
A little background for the uninitiated – over the weekend, an alleged dress code policy of US President Donald Trump came under fire because of a particular line that said that female staffers of the White House should “dress like women”. It was a well known fact that female staffers of President Trump during the campaign period were forced to wear dresses and only dresses in order to gain approval from their boss.
Women from all over the United States and across the globe were not taking any of this! Within moments after the said news came out, #DressLikeAWoman started trending on Twitter – showing us the diversity of women. From female military officers to female surgeons and even female Academy Award winners.
With that, Sampaguita Nation brings you eleven women from all over the globe who are not afraid to break the standards of what a woman should be.
Sophia Loren Deliu
Sophia Loren Deliu is a police officer and one of the candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2015. Currently, she is one of the police officers that form the close-in security for President Rodrigo Duterte.
2. Hidilyn Diaz
Hidilyn Diaz, the woman who brought pride to the Philippines last year after ending the country’s 20-year Olympic Medal drought, is not just a weightlifter – she is also an officer of the Reserve Forces of the Philippine Air Force. Currently, her rank is Airwoman First Class.
3. Aliza Racelis
Representing the academe is Professor Aliza Racelis of the UP Diliman School of Business. She is currently an Associate Professor and she also authors the Business Ethics textbook (published by Rex Publishing House) for Senior High students under the ABM Strand.
4. The DLSU Lady Spikers
The DLSU Lady Spikers is one of the most sought-after intercollegiate volleyball teams in the Philippines and not only that – the players of the team come from various backgrounds. Some of the players are Business majors, others are Liberal Arts majors. They’ve got brains and brawns!
5. The UP Lady Maroons
More Brains and Brawns you may ask? Meet the UP Lady Maroons, another sought-after intercollegiate volleyball team. Like the DLSU Lady Spikers, they too, come from various backgrounds.
6. Ziba Sidrys
Ziba Sidrys is an International Business Studies graduate who founded her very own dance studio in Chicago called Confidance Chicago. She aims to instill confidence to the youth through hip-hop dance lessons.
7. Chommanee Sor Taehiran
Chommanee Sor Taehiran is one of the up-and-coming female Muay Thai fighters hailing from Thailand.
8. Noelle Capili
Noelle Capili is one of the rising social media icons in the Philippines who gained popularity with her viral Harry Potter tweets during the onset of the Marcos Burial. In addition to that, she is also an active figure of the Philippine LGBT+ community and this was especially manifested when she hosted #KAKAIBEH, an LGBT+ information session.
9. Gia Farrell
Gia Farrell is an alt-pop Recording Artist hailing from New York. You might have heard her before because of her hit single, “Hit Me Up” back in 2006. Just this year, she has released a brand new single called “Original Sin”.
10. Nesthy Petecio
Nesthy Petecio is an up-and-coming Filipina Boxer who brought home two silver medals for the Philippines during the 2011 and 2013 Southeast Asian Games, respectively.
11. Cambodia’s Moto Girls
Featured by the BBC, the Moto Girls of Cambodia are an all-female group of motorbike taxi drivers based in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.