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Female Leader May Not Be Enough To Change Male-Dominated South Korea

NPR | Dec. 20, 2012 12:16 p.m.

Contributed By:

Anthony Kuhn

The final polls ahead of South Korea’s presidential election show Park Geun-hye with a narrow lead over her opponent, and poised to be the first female leader of a country where, until quite recently, men monopolized politics. But feminists say Park, the daughter of a former authoritarian leader Park Chung-hee, is not one of them. Her policies, they say, are no more beneficial for women than those of her opponent. And while they would welcome a female leader, they predict it would do little to change South Korea — where women’s representation in government and cases of unequal pay are among the worst in the developed world.

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