University Graduates: One Woman Hired for every Four Men

(Source, adapted) Women – not men – were fired in droves at the start of the 2008 financial crisis. But was that as outrageously sexist as it sounds? After all, they were the bulk of irregular workers back then, when Korea had a greater percentage of them than any other OECD country. Insecurity was a … Continue reading University Graduates: One Woman Hired for every Four Men

Korean Gender Reader

(“Alice {The Devil’s Bride}” by Stephen Fabian; source) 1) Rape and “Blood Money” In essential reading for all expats, Ask a Korean! clears up misunderstandings about how and why victims of crimes are often offered the choice of quick financial compensation from perpetrators, rather than the latter automatically being prosecuted by the state. With a … Continue reading Korean Gender Reader

It’s Official: UNDP Says Korea Now Feminist Paradise (NOT April 1 Joke!)

(Source: unknown) If there was only one statistic that best sums up contemporary Korean society, then that would be its “Gender Empowerment Measure” (GEM). Calculated by the UNDP, it is: …an indicator of women’s degree of participation in political and economic activity and the policy-making process, using for its evaluation factors such as the number … Continue reading It’s Official: UNDP Says Korea Now Feminist Paradise (NOT April 1 Joke!)