Women in Georgia are highly esteemed in Georgian society and are accorded a chivalric form of respect. The statue of Mother of Georgia (Kartlis Deda, or "Mother of Kartli") that stands at a monument in the hills above Tbilisi perhaps best symbolizes such national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine with which she greets her friends and in her right is a sword drawn against her enemies.
In Georgian culture, respect for women is highly valued. Women can have the role of both as "breadwinner and housewife". Most of the chores at home are done by women. There is no "explicit division of labor" according to gender, except in so-called "areas of physical labor" (an example is in the field of mining). Few Georgian women have been able to acquire positions in the military, the field of law enforcement, and government. No women are allowed to become Orthodox church priests, or even to become Muslim mullahs. However, the so-called "traditional stereotypes of gender-defined social roles" are undergoing changes because of the education being received by new generation of women.