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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

A Novel

by Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang X
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang
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Feminist Movements in South Korea

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Film promotional image for Kim Jiyoung Born 1982South Korean society has long been profoundly patriarchal, with traditional expectations that designate men as breadwinners and women as homemakers remaining intact even as more women have entered the workforce. According to a 2017 report, Korea has the highest gender pay gap among all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, with women earning just 63 percent of their male counterparts' salaries.

Naturally, several movements have developed in response to this glaring disparity in how men and women are treated in South Korea. It wasn't until 1987 that the first institutional feminist organization, Korea Women's Association United (KWAU), was formed to address questions of gender inequality, democracy, and labor, among others. But despite the fact that KWAU has been tackling issues of sexist legislation and the gender wage gap for decades, all of these problems persist.

In 2018, a series of large-scale demonstrations were organized to protest ...

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