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A Woman Who ‘Breaks Glass Ceilings’

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Happy International Women’s Day!

This month’s #DolceVitaBloggers topic is “Inspirational Women”. Thank you Kelly (ItalianAtHeart), Jasmine (QuestaDolceVita) and Kristie (MammaPrada). 

Rina Benedictos: An Inspirational Woman

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Rina created the “The Cinderella Challenge” to recognize women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. She has spent the last ten years mentoring and coaching women. Now she lives in Australia with her husband and daughter.

Rina was a professor at the University of the Philippines, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. During her tenure at the university, she got involved in programs on social and economic empowerment. These programs helped women break the cycle of harassment and violence.

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Shining Light on Shadows

Rina says, “2018 marks my 20th year as an educator. I am committed to shining light on shadows. In my home country, the biggest shadow is poverty. As a teacher, I was a bearer of the key to knowledge and education. Education is the solution to poverty.”

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Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

Rina grew up in a patriarchal Filipino society. Gender stereotypes prevailed. Gender role divisions reigned. Furthermore, there were gender inequalities. Gender inequality exists in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Gender-based harassment and violence were evil shadows. Her mission is to cast light on these shadows. Through education, prevention, and elimination, we can break the glass ceilings.

Breaking Through The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’

“2018 marks the milestone for me as an Australian. I am a migrant woman of Asian background. This time, I need to ‘break through the bamboo ceiling’. I face the three-dimensional issues of sexism, classism, and racism. They are a barrier to my social and economic goals.

Multicultural women are underrepresented in leadership positions. They are migrant women from Asian and other non-European backgrounds. Migrant women are at a double disadvantage compared to migrant men and native-born women.

Leadership in Australia is gender-based. Australia is limited without diverse leaders. As a result, we are not making the most out of our multiculturalism. We need to harness the rich and diverse talent in our society. If we do this, then we are not missing out.

I am passionate about developing multicultural women. I do this by honing their leadership skills. Moreover, I encourage cultural change. Most of all, we want to have organizational and management practices that value diversity.”

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world

Do you want to join the Cinderella Challenge?

It is not about fitting into glass slippers. It is about breaking the glass ceiling.

Cinderella, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Post a photo on your most recent achievement on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Tell us how you made a difference in people’s lives.
  3. Add #cinderellachallenge at the end of your post.
  4. Tag your favorite female achievers! Let us flood our social media with colorful stories of strong and resilient women! 


Who has been an inspiration to you? Share your story in the comments!

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Carmela Granada is the creator of Bellissimamma. She blogs about beauty in your thirties, family travel, and joyful motherhood. Her family is based in Siena, Italy.


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  1. Hi Carmela! How wonderful that you chose Rina to feature, I’m so glad I got to learn about her and everything she’s accomplished so far. I was just talking to Kelly about this the other day, about all the racism, classism and sexism that still exists in the world today and some of the struggles that I’ve faced living in Italy. It would certainly be an interesting topic to discuss between the two of us don’t you think? Maybe a future collaboration is in order! In the meantime….Thank you for your post and for being part of #DolceVitaBloggers. Love, Jasmine of

    1. Hello, Jasmine of #QuestaDolceVita! I would love to collaborate with you! This topic is close to our hearts. You have been such a great inspiration!

  2. Ciao Carmela! I really enjoyed learning about Rina and her initiatives. I am definitely going to take part in the #cinderellachallenge! And thank you for being an inspiration and supportive woman in our #dolcevitabloggers community!!! <3

    1. Thank you, #ItalianAtHeart! You inspire me too! I love how you bring women together through your blog!

  3. It’s amazing reading this posts and finding out more about brilliant woman doing fantastic things in the world. Very inspiring indeed! <3

    Lucy and Kelly

    1. Thank you, #BlossomTwins! <3

  4. Great topic. Rina seems really inspirational. The Cinderella challenge seems like a great idea!

  5. Cool! I had never heard of Rina, I love learning about other women doing amazing things to encourage and help other women even on the other side of the world. What a cool Cinderella challenge 😀

  6. Go Rina! So proud of her achievements. That is a woman to be celebrated!!

  7. aww i love this and what a great article celebrating all such special woman!

  8. I love this. We always need to know the strong women among us. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible story.

  9. I love the idea of the Cinderella challenge. I’ve been thinking about a few ideas for a while on this topic so I will have to look into Rina a bit further! She’s really inspirational.

  10. Great to learn of this fellow Aussie, who is a great role model for all.

  11. Natalie says:

    I had never heard of Rina before. She’s inspiring. So cool to see how far women have come!

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