Thailand: Behind Every Successful Woman

"A man is the foreleg of the elephant and the woman the hind leg," according to an old Thai saying. If that is so, the hind legs are doing more than their share of the walking in present-day Thailand. In increasing numbers, the women of Thailand are abandoning the sheltered life of the home to pursue careers in business. For all their delicate femininity — their diminutive, porcelain prettiness, their singsong voices and their flowing silk robes—they have proved to be tough businesswomen whose impact on their country has already been extensive....

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