Women all over the world play a subservient role to men, it is seen as the traditional role in which women play in society. Traditionally in Thai culture women functioned solely as housewives whose position was centered around her husband and family. Though Thailand is modernized and has adapted to be more globalized with women entering the workforce, even leading certain sectors, women still maintain their housewife identity in addition to a working one. Religion, traditional customs, and political structure continue to influence the overall widespread adoption and necessity for housewives across thailand.

Religion has had a significant influence on Thailand and it’s rural communities throughout the country. The majority of Thai people follow a Buddhist or Muslim lifestyle, resulting in a unique combination of values and it’s effects on the role of women. Female adherents in both religions are to present themselves as modest, a practice that extends itself deep into the life of women controlling how they present themselves, especially in rural communities where religion is the center of society. Religion as a lifestyle means the bulk of traditional customs develop from religious practice, practices that are different for women and men. As children grow up in buddhist culture, boys transition from school into the monastery while girls stay at home. This perpetuates the idea that a woman’s place is in the house and that men have a more important role in religion than women do, further demonstrated by women’s duties at the wat or temple is similar to housework. Furthermore there isn’t a strong political structure to enforce an equal role for women and men. Without a political, religious, or cultural support for women to expand within, the role of the housewife prevails while their responsibilities expand. All in a day’s work for these Thai housewives.