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matriarch

the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
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The royal expert also said that she doesn't see Camilla Parker Bowles ever wanting to take up the reins of being the matriarchal figure in the royal family, and she will avoid everything to not be given the additional role.
Both in the northeast of India as well as in parts of Kerala and Karnataka states, select communities follow the matriarchal code.
Apart from its picture-perfect scenery, Lugu Lake is also the home of the Mosuo people, a small matriarchal ethnic group with a population of around 50,000.
The story of shift from an aboriginal matriarchal society to patriarchal is an interesting point.
The Philippines, traditionally a matriarchal and egalitarian society, leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work with significant opportunity of achieving gender parity that could add $40 billion to annual GDP by 2025, or 7 percent above the business-as-usual GDP, a new report on gender equality revealed.
Gyeryong is regarded as their first daughter," Mason explained, "a powerful and beneficent matriarchal spirit protecting the nation and benefiting its people, which can be supplicated for all kinds of good fortune and relief from bad fortune."
The matriarchal nature of their society is seen in how families trace their lineage, through their mothers, all the way to the Queen herself, and how men, and not women, wear full face veils.
She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents - her husband George H.W.
Demidova, a real town, here becomes a setting from Russian folktales, a powerful matriarchal society.
While some Black Power advocates "shared Moynihan's disdain for matriarchal family structures," feminists, both black and white, condemned the report as sexist and perpetuating a matriarchal myth (122).