Women in Ecuador

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Women in Ecuador
Bolsicona o llapanga quiteña.jpg
A portrait of a woman from Ecuador, 1867
Global Gender Gap Index[1]
Value 0.7389 (2013)
Rank 25th out of 136
A modern-day middle-aged indigenous woman from Ecuador.
A young Ecuadorian woman, a maker of straw hats.

Women in Ecuador are women who live in or are from Ecuador, a country in South America. Ecuadorian women are generally responsible for the upbringing and care of children, and of husbands in Ecuador, and traditionally, men have taken a completely inactive role in this area. Recently, this has begun to change, due to the fact that more and more women are joining the workforce, which has resulted in men doing a little housework, and becoming slightly involved in the care of their children. This change has been greatly influenced by Eloy Alfaro's liberal revolution in 1906, in which Ecuadorian women were granted the right to work. Women's suffrage was granted in 1929.

Girls tend to be more protected by their parents than boys, due to traditional social structures. At age 15, girls often have traditional parties called fiesta de quince años. Quinceañera is the term used for the girl, not the party. The party involves festive food and dance. This coming of age or debutante party is a tradition found in most Latin American countries, comparable to the American tradition of sweet sixteen parties.

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  1. ^ "The Global Gender Gap Report 2013". World Economic Forum. pp. 12–13. 

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