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South Korean Women Today

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  1. 1. Who the Heck? <ul><li>♥ Hi! I'm Kyle J*********! </li></ul><ul><li>♥ I'm a Music Composition and Tech Theatre double major. </li></ul><ul><li>♥ I like music. A lot. I try to listen to and love everything. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who the Heck? <ul><li>♥ I'm also an avid gamer and love Source games(pardon my nerdspeak). </li></ul><ul><li>♥ I dig Japanese culture and </li></ul><ul><li>language. </li></ul><ul><li>♥ I'm a die-hard advocate of open source programs and file formats. It's not just a nerd thing. =) </li></ul><ul><li>http://xkcd.com/743/ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>• South Korean (S.K.) Women's Rights Movement 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started to gain attention in 1980 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feminist groups established </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moved quickly ever since 1990 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Among other laws, domestic violence laws created. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continues today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2005: Hoju abolished (family registry system that declared father as head of house and everyone else below him). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>Expectations 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women are expected to remain submissive and docile. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public assertion of a woman's power is strongly disapproved by society. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greatest expectation of women is to manage their childrens' educations. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>• Contradictions 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Despite expectations of modesty, S.K. women have very good livelihoods. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Largely well-educated. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engaged in the economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bar-none maternal health services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Kugelman notes that S.K. women have both the professional and educational tools to succeed, but don't. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>• Discrimination 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S.K. corporate culture described as “secretive and opaque.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses often fly under the radar of S.K. Discrimination laws. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual harassment is an ongoing issue </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>Careers 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More and more women are beginning to work outside the home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Despite this, husbands are still largely viewed as the “outside person” and wives the “inside person.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women tend to leave the labour force when they get married. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>• Careers (con't) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal Employment Law (EEL) 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates labour market discrimination and gives women maternity and childcare benefits. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only applies to large businesses, covering only a small percentage of women, which feminist organizations are currently fighting to expand. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Women in Modern Day South Korea <ul><li>• Continued Progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2006: Han Myung-Sook became the first woman prime minister in S.K. History. 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political parties actively trying to engage more women. 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Military and employment opportunities are expanding for women. 4 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>1 Cazzaniga, Pino. “Han Myung-Sook, a Christian Woman, Now Prime Minister.” AsiaNews.it April 21, 2006. June 8, 2010 <http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/legacylib/mlahcc.html> </li></ul><ul><li>2 Kugelman, Michael. “Where they Stand: The Status of Women in South Korea.” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2006. June 7, 2010 < http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm ?event_id=166060&fuseaction=events.event_summary> </li></ul><ul><li>3 Savada, Andrea Matles and William Shaw. South Korea: A Country Study. Washington, 1990. June 7, 2010 < http://countrystudies.us/south-korea/40.htm > </li></ul><ul><li>4 “Women's Rights in Korea.” Online Women in Politics. June 9, 2010. <http://www.onlinewomeninpolitics.org/womensit/kr-w-sit.pdf> </li></ul>

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