National Geographic : 2001 Feb
Ecuador Caringfor home andfamily, and sometimes earning the only income as well, women are now also taking on religious and secular roles from which they were once excluded. In a Good Fridayprocession commemorating the Passion of Christ, a young woman shoulders the heavy cross, traditionallya man's burden. A successful advertisingexecutive, 30-year-old Veronica Delgado dressesfor her wedding. Women of her generation are landingprofessionaljobs in unprece dented numbers. "Sure, we've had to fight chauvinism," she says. "But we've proved that we're capableand that we can handle a careeras well as a family."