The Mexicans are a formal people and I find them very respectful to women. As a woman, I have never experienced being disrespected in Chapala and Ajijic. Female employees, even the males, have limited product knowledge. Our understanding in the Mexican household is that women are suppressed, but we don't have personal knowledge of that.
I’ve learned the difference in how women are treated in Mexico compared to Canada is in my experience with the lawyers and notaries who we deal with in Chapala and Ajijic. In Canada, if a woman is assertive, that's okay, whereas here in Mexico, a woman’s interactions have to be done with kid gloves. A woman cannot come across as assertive or aggressive to Mexican men because Mexican men are not inclined to take instructions from a woman. You always have to be very gracious and calm.
(Realtors and staff celebrate two homes closing, Lake Chapala Real Estate, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)