Title

Korean Feminism and Gender Roles

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

16-5-2021

End Date

22-5-2021

Keywords

Gender, Feminism, Korea

Abstract

This presentation analyzes how Korean tradition and culture enforces the strict social norms placed on Korean women. These values include the pressure to be a good wife and mother even if it is at the expense of a woman’s career. If a woman does not meet the expectation of a good mother or if she wants to pursue a career, she is often pressured to feel guilt for neglecting her family life. However, in the past two decades, women in Korea have been fighting against the societal pressure placed on them. Korean women have accomplished this through pursuing careers and holding off on marriage and having children. However, workplaces have huge barriers such as wage gaps and pressure to not take maternity leaves. Korean women continue to fight against gender norms by pursuing careers and education. These actions challenge present social norms and traditions, while working towards gender equality.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Chong Eun Ahn

Department/Program

Asian Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/korean-feminism-and-gender-roles/

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May 16th, 12:00 PM May 22nd, 12:00 PM

Korean Feminism and Gender Roles

Ellensburg

This presentation analyzes how Korean tradition and culture enforces the strict social norms placed on Korean women. These values include the pressure to be a good wife and mother even if it is at the expense of a woman’s career. If a woman does not meet the expectation of a good mother or if she wants to pursue a career, she is often pressured to feel guilt for neglecting her family life. However, in the past two decades, women in Korea have been fighting against the societal pressure placed on them. Korean women have accomplished this through pursuing careers and holding off on marriage and having children. However, workplaces have huge barriers such as wage gaps and pressure to not take maternity leaves. Korean women continue to fight against gender norms by pursuing careers and education. These actions challenge present social norms and traditions, while working towards gender equality.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2021/CAH/13