Chong Eun Ahn (History)
Korean Feminism and Gender Roles
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.