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  • Expectations of life: H.K. stated the standard expectations of a Korean woman are to be married before 30 years of age, have a family/children. Having a college education and career are also important. It is especially important for the Korean male to have a successful career. Per H.K. it is really not accepted for the man to stay at home while the woman works.
  • South Korea Women

    1. 1. South Korean Women Feminism in a Global Perspective Kristine Buffington
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Hello, welcome to my presentation on South Korean Women </li></ul><ul><li>My name is Kristine Buffington </li></ul><ul><li>I am not married and do not have any children. I have two sisters and my parents are still married. </li></ul><ul><li>I have been a Registered Nurse for 3 years and am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing </li></ul><ul><li>My ancestry includes Finland, England, Ireland, & Germany </li></ul><ul><li>I was raised in a feminist household, that was possibly a little more female dominated. </li></ul>
    3. 3. South Korea General Information <ul><li>Republic of Korea </li></ul><ul><li>Surrounded by the Yellow Sea & the Sea of Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 48,249,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Capital: Seoul </li></ul><ul><li>Language: Korean </li></ul><ul><li>Life Expectancy: 76 </li></ul><ul><li>Main Export: Electronic products </li></ul><ul><li>Religion: Buddhist & Christian </li></ul><ul><li>(South Korea Statistics, 2010) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Population Statistics <ul><li>Population 46.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Women: 49.3% of population </li></ul><ul><li>Growth rate 0.9% </li></ul><ul><li>(Asia and Oceania, 2003) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Women’s Issues <ul><li>Unequal Status </li></ul><ul><li>Inequality in employment opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Dual Standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expected to have role in work and traditional role in home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eating Disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Low participation in politics & religion as leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic and Sexual Violence </li></ul><ul><li>(Asia and Oceania, 2003) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Traditional Role <ul><li>Confucian Roots </li></ul><ul><li>Obey the will of her father when young </li></ul><ul><li>Obey the will of her husband when married </li></ul><ul><li>Obey the will of her son when widowed </li></ul><ul><li>(Asia and Oceania, 2003) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Traditional (cont.) <ul><li>Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Some higher education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possibly at trade school or college </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Married young </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virgin when married </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Has children after marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Homemaker, and primary caregiver </li></ul><ul><li>Expected to give up her career for family </li></ul><ul><li>Not more successful than husband </li></ul><ul><li>(Asia and Oceania, 2003) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Modern Woman <ul><li>Participates in Economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modern Occupations: Doctor, Lawyer, CEO, professors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase of married women in workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Dual roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homemaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Less pressure to marry early and stay in the marriage no matter what” </li></ul><ul><li>Remarrying or divorce is more acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>(Asia and Oceania, 2003) </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Definition of a Successful Women <ul><li>College Graduate from good school </li></ul><ul><li>Have a good career </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More important prior to marriage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be married before 30 years of age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heterosexual </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have children </li></ul><ul><li>Take care of the home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not accepted for men to be stay-at-home fathers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women primarily have this role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(H.K., personal communication, August 29, 2010) </li></ul>
    10. 10. References <ul><li>South Korea Statistics (2010). National geographic atlas of the world (8 th ed.) Found from national geographic electronic website: </li></ul><ul><li>Asia and Oceania. (2003). In L. Walter & M. Desai (Eds.), The greenwood encyclopedia of women’s issues worldwide (pp. 241-264). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. </li></ul>