Filipino women farmers have displayed their indispensable contribution to the Philippine agricultural economy for a long part of history, yet there remains a dearth of knowledge concerning how these women use literacy to effectively perform their roles in society. This research looked into Filipino women farmers’ literacy experiences and practices. Through an ideological literacy perspective, feminist framework, and ethnographic research approach, it was revealed that the literacy practices of the Filipino women farmers of a rice-planting community in Northern Philippines are deeply rooted in their social and economic environment. Their literacy events vary according to what they want to achieve and what roles they play in the different domains of practicing literacy. Furthermore, it was found that these literacy practices and the women’s experiences with literacy are patterned after long established sociocultural practices and existing patriarchal structures within Philippine agricultural societies.
Ninfa Topacio, Katrina
"Women and Literacy: Exploring the Literacy Experiences and Practices of Women Farmers in the Philippines,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 25:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol25/iss1/15