A look at South Korea’s First Female President

South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye.

South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye.
Photo by Jean Chung/Bloomberg via Getty Images.


Will the election of South Korea’s first female president turn out to be a victory for women’s rights? Or will Park Geun-hye favor the uncompromising policies of Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to be elected Prime Minister in the UK, in 1979?  Park Geun-hye has made history by becoming the first woman to be elected President in South Korea.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Park Geun-hye was elected to South Korea’s National Assembly in 1998, and has served five times as a representative. It seems likely that her father, President Park Chung-hee, a general who staged a coup in 1961 and ruled the country with an iron fist until his assassination, is responsible for her rise to prominence. Is that a good thing?

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