Essay on Overview of Women’s History in Korea

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Overview of Women’s History in Korea

In modern day Korea, women are actively involved in many career fields, such as education, law, literature, sports, medicine, and engineering. However, it wasn’t too long ago that women were confined only to the home and family. The introduction of Christianity to Korea helped elevate women’s roles through schools ran by missionaries. Some were even specifically for educating women. (Korean Overseas Information Service, 2001)

Many of the educated women began getting involved in religious work, teaching, the arts, and of course, the enlightening of other women. But it wasn’t until the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, when women began gaining constitutional rights for
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To revise and establish laws that involves discrimination in any sector.
2. To increase the representation of women.
3. To support female workers.
4, To facilitate women’s employment.
5. To increase educational opportunities for women to be competitive in the labor market.
6. To provide social welfare policies for women.
7. To promote women’s involvement in various social activities including organization activities, and volunteer work.
8. To strengthen the cooperation of Korean women’s organizations with international women’s organizations.

Like many societies, Korea has been a patriarchal society since the beginning of its history. (Nugent, 1998) Women were expected to have such qualities as devotion to family, subservience, and respect for learning. From the beginning of her life, a Korean woman was to obey her father, and when married she obeyed her husband, and in old age, she must obey her son.

However, women’s roles were somewhat influential in their families as well as in society. For instance, wealthy women had complete control over every detail of the house. They had the opportunity to socialize with their friends, do the shopping, and sometimes go to a theatre show. And unlike American culture, older women were treasured and had the authority to speak their minds.

In Korea’s history, there have been a few very influential