South Korea Elects First Female President

South Korea elected its first female president recently. The below is written by Ms. Magazine.

On Wednesday, Park Geun-hye was elected President of South Korea. She will be the first woman to ever hold the position in that country.

Park, the leader of the country’s conservative party, defeated liberal Moon Jae-in by 3.5%, and promised to return the conservative leadership to a more moderate stance than her predecessor Lee Myung-bak. Her campaign featured economic reform, as well as a “women’s revolution” featuring issues like child care. However, some critics argue that while she may be willing to advance some women’s rights issues, she may not be a champion for gender equality in the country. She also has promised firm reform in relations with North Korea.

Park is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the dictator who led the country until his assassination in 1979. After her mother was killed in a failed assassination attempt of her father in 1974, Park Geun-hye filled the public role of “First Lady” next to her father.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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