* Date : 2018-03-08
4 Angles Ep.211
▶Women's Status in Korean Society
March 8th is International Women's Day, designated in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, in which women protested unfair working conditions. The day arrived in Korea in 1920 by the country's first-generation feminists Na Hye-sok and Park In-deok, and official events started taking place in 1985 in order to improve the quality of women's lives. Where do Korean women stand in modern society? Find out about women's status within the country in commemoration of the 110th International Women's Day.
▶Lawmaker Sohn Hye-won
Korea's 20th National Assembly has a total of 51 female lawmakers. Of them all, only three were newly elected through local elections and one, in particular, is impressing the public with her sharp insight and charisma. It's Sohn Hye-won. Originally a branding specialist, she's acting as a reliable mediator between the political sphere and public. Let's meet Sohn Hye-won.
▶The #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement took off in the U.S. last year with Hollywood actresses speaking out about sexual misconduct by influential film producer Harvey Weinstein. South Korea has also begun its #MeToo movement with a prosecutor coming forward to share her story, before spreading to the entertainment industry, academia, and clergy, and leading to mass mobilizations of activists holding rallies. Learn more about Korea's #MeToo movement and the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in today's Korea.
▶First Anniversary of Park's Impeachment
On March 10, 2017, Park Geun-hye became the country's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office throughout its constitutional history. The public caused the dismissal of its president after weeks of peaceful protest, combined with a parliamentary vote and a landmark court decision, showing the world what democracy is in action. In commemoration of the first anniversary of the impeachment, 4Angles delves deeper into the changes and improvements Korea has made over the past 12 months.