Netizens Baffled by Korea’s Gender Gap Index

Article from Asia Economy:

Korea’s gender equality level is among the lowest in the world

According to the report about gender equality from the Swiss non-profit think tank World Economic Forum (WEF), Korea ranked among the lowest countries.

According to Bloomberg News, the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2014 which was released on the 28th, ranked Korea at 117th and Japan at 104th out of 142 countries. Korea’s ranking dropped six places from a ranking of 111th last year. Most countries that fell behind Korea were from Africa.

The WEF quantified gender gap in the categories of Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment.

Northern European countries such as Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark were ranked in the top 5. The highly ranked countries were not necessarily developed ones. Nicaragua, Rwanda, and the Philippines were ranked at 6th, 7th and 9th, respectively, while the UK was ranked at 26th. China and the US were ranked at 87th and 20th respectively.

The WEF pointed out that compared to the 2005 survey, gender equality has improved in 105 countries while the gap has widened in six countries such as Sri Lanka.

Comments from Naver:

Reverse discrimination is worse these days…


The survey is right because men are the recipients of reverse discrimination.


Yet another article for a gender war, ke ke ke.


Of course. It is unconstitutional to have female enlisted soldiers but it is okay to have female officers. Does that make sense?


It must mean distorted equality.


Boss: Miss, please get water for our guest.
Woman: I didn’t come here to do that kind of work, you know?
Boss: Mister, please get water for our guest.
Man: Yes, sir.
Boss: Miss, please refill the water barrel.
Woman: I didn’t come here to do that kind of work, you know?
Boss: Mister, please refill the water barrel.
Man: Yes, sir.
Boss: Mister, you are getting promoted this time.
Woman: Are you discriminating against me because I’m a woman?


I’m a part-time worker at Everland. Men do all the work while women act like pretty folding screens. But we get paid the same hourly wage…


It is all because of the Ministry of Women.


They mean the gender gap is big in Korea because men are discriminated against, right?


Although women don’t have to serve in the military for 2 years, it is right for them to do voluntary work for the country. Lack of care givers is such a problem these days. What if it is mandatory for women to work as care givers for 2 years? Normally, it costs 100,000 won to hire a care giver for a day and there are not enough of them at the hospitals. The cost is a huge burden for the patient’s family but it is hard for them to quit their job to take care of the patient by themselves. This problem can be solved if we implement mandatory 2-year care giving service. It is the best to legally demand young Korean women do it on the wage of a soldiers, bed and board.

For more insights about the WEF’s report, additional reading is provided below. Amid many reports that only delivered the given rankings, there were also ones that looked into the report’s methodology and caveats. It has also been pointed out that Korea fared much better in the UN Development Program’s Gender Inequality Index (GII) where Korea was ranked at 17th out of 187 countries in 2013, which has drastically different methodologies used in different indices.

Article from Donga (Dec. 2013):

[Opinion] Korea’s gender equality is ranked at 111th in the world?

Every time the World Economic Forum publishes the Global Gender Gap Report, Korean society experiences unnecessary drama through gender discrimination debates. Recently, the WEF reported that Korea’s gender gap index was ranked low at 111th out of 136 countries. According to their reports, Korea’s ranking has decreased from 104th in 2010 to 107th in 2011, 108th in 2012 and 111th in 2013.

However, are these results accurate? Is the level of gender equality in Korea worse than in countries such as India (101th) or Burkina Faso (103rd)? For example, there is an index named “Enrollment in tertiary education” among the subindices where Korea was ranked very low. According to the report from 2013, Korea’s enrollment rate for females was 85% and that for males was 115%, resulting in a subindex ranking of 108th. It may seem Korean women are disadvantaged when it comes to receiving university education. However, that is a false perception. The index counts the percentage of college students within 5 years after their graduation from high school.

Most Korean male students do their military service in the middle of their university education. Our statistics count university students serving in the military as enrolled students. Therefore, the enrollment rate for Korean males is always supposed to be much higher than that for Korean females. The resulting index is due to such absurd statistics which has nothing to do with gender discrimination.

This is a fact that has been confirmed by a staff member at the WEF, Canana’s UNESCO statistics expert and our statistics expert. The Korean expert knew the problem but thought there was no other way.

There is another problem. The index only counts the gap between genders in each country. Let’s say 90% of women go to university in country A and only 50% of women do so in country B. You would think that country A’s gender equality level would be higher and more desirable in a general sense. However, if 95% of men in country A go to university and 51% of men do so in country B, the index says gender equality regarding this category is much better achieved in country B because the index only cares about the relative gender gap. [90/95 < 50/51] Because of this methodology, for “Enrollment in primary education”, India is ranked 1st with 93% for both genders while Korea is ranked low at 86th with 98% for females and 99% for males just because the rate for males is 1% higher [even though Korea’s situation is more desirable in a general sense].

The Ministry of Women and Korean women’s rights groups should be willing to correct misunderstandings about such statistics, but it seems they are pleasantly exploiting the opportunity.

A current affairs program called “Fact Check” on JTBC also pointed out the aforementioned misunderstandings. For example, in the category of literacy, Lesotho was ranked at the top with 85% for females and 66% for males, which is a reflection of the country’s particular economic situation. Even some countries with 100% literacy rates for both genders were ranked much lower in the index. In this case, obviously, a higher ranking does not indicate a more desirable situation. While the program acknowledged Korea was ranked unrealistically low in the Global Gender Gap Index because of the methodology, they also emphasized that even if misleading indices were ignored, Korea has a long way to go when it comes to women’s economic participation. For instance, the percentage of female senior managers at listed companies is considered extremely low.

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  • RandomIsAsRandomDoes

    When women have proportional representation in government and high ranking private jobs, equal wages and anti-discrimination laws are properly enforced then they can ask women to serve in the military. After thousands of years of repression and discrimination, it is only right and fair that women first reach equality AND THEN are asked to serve not the other way around.
    Women have more then earned equal rights. Let'[s not lump in a small rich minority that behave a certain way because of their wealth and not their gender in with the majority of women who still struggle to be treated as humans let alone equals. When there is social and economic parity then women will serve in the military, they shouldn’t be adding yet another burden to their lives in order for men to finally feel they deserve equality.

    • guest

      “proportional representation in government”

      Last I checked, Korea was a democracy with elections, no? If you think there should be more woman in government, why wouldn’t you vote for them? I think it is an absolutely stupid idea to vote for somebody based off of just their gender and not favorable ideas or traits, but if that’s what people really want, then they are free to do so. As they are not voted in, though there are no restrictions on who may vote or who may run, I think it is safe to say that this is a non-issue.

      Also, to say that only when some arbitrary laundry list of things neccesary for “equality” (at least in your eyes) is accomplished, should woman feel compelled to protect the country they reside in is absurd. I assure you, an artillery shell or bullet from an invader doesn’t give a damn whether or not you feel like the fact that you were passed over for a promotion meant you were discriminated against, it’ll kill you all the same while you’re sitting at home pouting.

    • Dark Night

      You are a spoiled brat, and I say this because you have no idea what rights are. Rights are not given. Rights are earned. Get that through your thick, dumb skull. Women have more than earned equal rights? Based on what? What have the S.Korean women done to earn equal rights? I will tell you when women deserve equal rights: When women protest to serve in the military, they deserve equal rights. When women request that they be sent to the front line in battle, they deserve equal rights. For example, the US DoD has been criticized for not allowing women from being assigned to combat units. Now these women, they deserve equal rights. Not people like you.
      And thousand of years of repression? WTF. Unless you lived the entirety of that period it means less to nothing. Also men have been fighting in wars in women’s stead for eons. You don’t get additional benefits because your “group” suffered in the past. No that is not how it works. You may wish that was the case. Hell, it may even be right. But that is not the world we live in. So stop being so naive, and STFU. I’ve met my share of women in power, people who clawed their way through poverty to get to the top. The thing they have in common? They don’t B!T€H, They do.

      • truth

        You’re right! We should oppress them for not being physically capable of serving in the military! We should oppress those damned women for not volunteering in the front lines! In fact we should oppress anyone for not serving in the military! I mean that’s the only way you can define their worth! FUCK THOSE WEAK ASS PEOPLE!
        PS: You are being rude. Respect and rights are given until you prove you don’t deserve it.

        • Dark Night

          You sexist! We should oppress them for not being physically capable of serving in the military!? Are you saying that women are not physically capable of serving? Last I checked we were in the 21st century. Also Respect and rights are given until proven otherwise? What kind of elementary text book propaganda washed your brain? Please wake up to reality. The rights that you enjoy today were/are earned by your ancestors, your parents and what you do. Now how one gives respect may differ from person to person, Maybe you choose to dish it out to anyone you meet. Who knows? but more importantly, who cares. Because reality is different. Sure text books say you should give respect to everyone you meet. But when you are on the receiving end, you are supposed to earn it. Which kind of backs my point of why no other word than brat better conveys the person above. Somehow, some people on the receiving end seem to think that respect is a given when it clearly is not, and rights do not come with responsibility attached.
          P.S. Stop being so sexist. If I showed what you wrote to any of my female colleagues they would take offence. Who the F are you calling weak?

  • Chucky3176

    We went through all this last year. Like clock work, it’s back again.

    They measure the difference in gender gaps for each country. This is not the ranking based on absolute well being of women. What’s new information is the flawed methodology, which doesn’t take into consideration, Korea’s unique situation with the military draft and statistics on education, which gives off a false perception. This certainly explains the controversy last year in this forum, why Korea’s female tertiary education rate was lower than the males.

    • Chucky3176

      In terms of primary and tertiary education, there is no gender discrimination in Korea, as painted by the UNDP. All genders are equally expected to attend primary and tertiary educations. Even marriages (for both males and females) are affected by the level of their education and which schools they graduated from.

      • Zappa Frank

        but the gender difference is not usually something to see in education level (unless you are in an Islamic country usually females do even better than males in education) but in work (salary level, benefits and so on) and daily life and attitude toward women.
        I know almost nothing of Korea’s situation, but, for instance, if a woman is expected to retire once pregnant this is a discrimination against woman…and so on..

        • shlomo

          Iran is one of the most islamic countries and their females do better than the men and have more or less equal opportunities in education, so i’m not sure what you mean by that

          • Zappa Frank

            I mean in fact that education level is not a measure (or at least not the only nor the most important) of social equality. To say women and men have the same access to education therefore are equal may be a progress in Afaghanistan or Pakistan, not in a developed country

          • Payola

            Of course education is not the only criteria to define equality. But that is one of the important criteria that was used by the UNDP report. Low marks in education for women for South Korea, cost a lot of points for South Korea in the equality ranking. Are you disagreeing with the UNDP report for using the education criteria, or the people here who are saying their methodology of using education stats for South Korea were problematic?

          • Zappa Frank

            I was disregarding with the observation of Chuck that apparently (as far as I understood) pointed out the education is equal in south korea and gave a big weight to this. What I meant was simply that education is not the only thing to judge and in a country like South Korea that male and females have equal access to education should be obvious, what is to be judge is the work and social condition. I sincerely don’t think that the situation of Korea is so different that while that methodology can be applied to the world it cannot be applied to Korea.

          • Sillian

            Education is one of the four main criteria that contribute to the WEF gender gap ranking. That is why Chucky mentioned it. Sure, in a country like South Korea, males and females have (almost) equal access to education but the WEF report gave Korea such low rankings even in the education index because of the way they calculate their indices.

            I sincerely don’t think that the situation of Korea is so different that while that methodology can be applied to the world it cannot be applied to Korea.

            It’s not that Korea is so unique except for the military conscription situation. The whole point of this controversy comes from the fact that many people fail to understand the methodology properly and just take the ranking at face value. Simply speaking, better situations can be ranked lower in the index. It was hard for many Koreans to believe that gender equality is generally better in some countries among the higher ranked 110 countries. It strongly went against common sense. That’s where people started questioning how on earth the WEF got their numbers.

          • Zappa Frank

            sure, is not that it can gives an accurate record and some results seems strange to me too…

          • Sillian

            You mean the WEF report?

        • Payola

          The problem with this report is that it’s comparing all the countries who all have different socio-economic backgrounds that completely differ from each other.

          According to the reports, South Korea trails most of the countries in Africa, in women’s right to labor. But here’s an example. South Korea gets low marks for forcing women to quit their regular office jobs when they get pregnant. On the other hand, in many African countries, the women are employed in gathering wood for fires and tending to crops in the fields. They don’t have the option to quit when they get pregnant nor are they asked to quit. They have no choice but to continue working well into their pregnancies.

          Now if you were a woman, and had the choice, which would you prefer? Forced to quit office jobs, or forced to work in the fields doing gruelling manual work?

          • randomyeah.

            As a woman I wouldn’t prefer one of them. Being forced to do something still means my rights to decide and act on my own accord would be taken away. Nowadays a pregnant woman should be able to take maternity leave. My friend her landlady was fired in Korea when they found out that she is going to get married, they didn’t even gave her the “chance” to work until she would have been pregnant.

            As far as I’m aware sometimes a woman who has a lower level of education won’t be accepted by the husband’s family. Even if it isn’t expected that she will (still) work in the future. So that is why for both genders going to a good university is important. Education equals social status.

            One of my friends told me that he won’t marry a girl if she didn’t go to one of the SKY universities. I asked him the reason for that as a persons intellect isn’t defined by their educational background. He told me that he want’s to have a succesful career and the social status of his wife could put him down.

            I understand how such a result could have come out but I still feel that Korea was given wrong with that. As I don’t really think men have it that better. (But my post is getting too long”)

          • Sillian

            One of my friends told me that he won’t marry a girl if she didn’t go to one of the SKY universities. I asked him the reason for that as a persons intellect isn’t defined by their educational background. He told me that he want’s to have a succesful career and the social status of his wife could put him down.

            I think your wife’s educational background affecting your career is unrealistic for 99% of people. What is his job?

          • randomyeah.

            I don’t have any contact with him anymore but he was still doing his master at that time. I just know that his family is well off (maybe from there he has this mindset?) and that being said I totally agree with what you said. I’m just surprised that it even comes to such thinking. We had about a 5 hour discussion about it but one of his main arguments was “I won’t be able to understand, because I’m not Korean” As to it’s a culture difference.

            To be honest that discussion lead me to think that educational background equals social status and increases in some cases the advantage to find a spouse who is well off. So going to a good university doesn’t particulary mean that the girl has a career she wants to pursue.
            But I’m just waiting for someone to tell me that this old friend of mine was really just an odd one.

          • Sillian

            He sounds like a bullshitter. Let me be the person who tells you he was really just an odd twisted one.

    • um

      it is exactly this kind of attitude that has put korea on such low rankings. in fact judging by the Korean comments above, i’m surprised its not lower

  • 금정산

    These commenters show the small mindedness of typical Korean men. They can’t see that they are by far treated better in society. They obviously haven’t had enough life experience to realise this or are blinded by their own “poor me, poor me, I lost two years of my youth and had to do pushups in the mud” attitude.

    • x1sfg

      Looks like somebody failed statistics and doesn’t know how to study methodology. I’m all about girl power and all that to a certain point, but people are making sweeping conclusions on very minor statistical data points with sketchy methodologies.

      • 금정산

        Funny you should say that because I was top of my class in a final-year statistical analysis unit. But wait! Not once did I mention statistics. I was stating my opinion based on experience and conversations I’ve had with Korean men. Oh and what did you say about methodology? I graduated with two science-based majors.

        • AllKpop<3Ailee'sBoobies

          > blinded by their own “poor me, poor me, I lost two years of my youth and had to do pushups in the mud” attitude.

          Then why don’t you do it? That’s right, cause you’re a hypocrite

          • 금정산

            Strawman. I’m not saying that it is easy; I’m not saying that I want to do it.

            I’ve had more than my fair share of hardships in life. But I don’t complain about them and subscribe to the “poor me” attitude. Instead, it’s better to have the right attitude and become a stronger person from it – rather than try to make other people feel sorry for you.

        • Dark Night

          All your proving is a) that the university that you’ve studied in had mediocre students, and b) your experience is very limited. Stop victimizing yourself and start doing something with your life.

          • 금정산

            a) My university is ranked highly.
            b) I’ve had more than enough experience to interpret this issue.
            c) What on Earth are you talking about? Where is the self-victimisation? You tell me what I am doing wrong with my life. Go on.

          • Dark Night

            Ranked highly? Well first of all, in what regard is your
            university ranked highly? For all I know, and care, you university may be
            ranked highly in McDonald applicants, student drop-outs or insane
            feminazis. Furthermore, I never said that your university ranked low.
            I said that it had mediocre students. University rankings may not reflect
            the quality of its students. So try to wrap that around you head.

            try to refrain from saying that you have enough experience. Its pompous for you
            to say that especially when you have not even majored in this issue. A few rude
            males at your dead-end, low-end job does not a discriminating society make.

            If you couldn’t notice how “self-victimization” was used in an ironic
            sense counter to your usage of “poor me,
            poor me, I lost two years of my youth and had to do push-ups in the mud”,
            you severely need more insight.
            Lastly, I am not your mother or father, and yet I have given more than my two cents for what you should do with your life. If you need any additional guidance to what you are doing wrong with your life, I would suggest that you go to your parents for parental advice, assuming that you are able to contact them.

          • 금정산

            a) My university is ranked highly in academic performance and research. Also in graduates finding work in their chosen studies, since you mention it.
            b) Nobody needs to major in psychology to understand “levelling”. Hint, hint.
            c) You were not being ironic, you were being vexatious.

            What’s wrong with my job? Do you have a problem with ESL teachers?

          • cliff_dangers

            All I’m hearing is, “I’ve never spent one minute in Korea”.

      • Strangerland

        A List of “Men’s Rights” Issues That Feminism Is Already Working On
        Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of any gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.
        Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.
        If you really care about those issues as passionately as you say you do, you should be thanking feminists, because feminism is a social movement actively dedicated to dismantling every single one of them. The fact that you blame feminists—your allies—for problems against which they have been struggling for decades suggests that supporting men isn’t nearly as important to you as resenting women. We care about your problems a lot. Could you try caring about ours?
        -Excerpt from If I Admit That Hating Men is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning it Into a Self-fulfilling Prophecy?, by Lindy West (via lilac-time)

        • elizabeth

          ‘Feminists hate patriarchy’.

          Hatred blinds the ability to reason. Men and women can not be absolutely equal in all things or we would not be called ‘man’ and ‘woman’. Feminism is just an excuse used by some to achieve their own ends, like how racism and religion have been exploited.

    • seno

      swiss are white and wacist and run by femi-nazis!!

    • Sillian

      Many people don’t care about the entire population. They usually look at their peer groups. I can’t say Korean men up to 30 yr old are generally treated better than Korean women up to 30 yr old. Education (equal), military service (only on men), dating culture (boyfriends do more for girlfriends generally), marriage preparation (more burden on men)… I think discrimination becomes visible when they try to advance in career.

      • elizabeth

        It’s nice and refreshing that you do not claim that men are ‘discriminated’ against before the age of 30. We should embrace and enjoy the differences. Things will naturally balance up and we will be much happier if we don’t nitpick at every single ‘inequality’.

    • Smith_90125

      When I was teaching English in Korea, I treated girls and boys exactly the same, giving them the same amount of attention and opportunity to speak.

      The boys constantly complained that I was being unfair.

  • FYIADragoon

    When Korean law enforcement and courts stop being shit, they can finally start talking about reverse discrimination against men. Until then, it really is unfair to the women.

  • Chucky3176

    Here’s a perfect example how figures can be manipulated to tell a different story.

    Literacy Rate of Sexes.

    Number one ranked is the African country of Lesotho, while South Korea was ranked as 122nd in the world.

    Lesotho: Male Literacy Rate: 66% Female Literacy Rate: 85%

    South Korea: Male Literacy Rate: 99% Female Literacy Rate 99%

    As you can see, the literacy rate in South Korea is almost 100%, combining men and women – as equals. But South Korea’s ranking is actually ranked very low, compared to Lesotho because in Lesotho, many more females have higher literacy rate than males. Now, is having more females than males being able to read, mean Lesotho’s situation is better, than having full equality? The UNDP methodology says yes. Having more females who are able to read will give you more marks, than having equal literacy. But wait.. hold on.. I thought this about measuring equality? Are you telling me, you get higher marks if you have less equality in favor of women? If that’s true, then this report should not call itself as “Gender Gap Index”.

    And also, South Korea’s primary education for females is only 83rd?

    How does this even make any kind of sense? Are there societal biases where females are prevented from attending public primary schools in South Korea? The answer is an emphatic “no”. Education in South Korea, especially grade schools and highschools are extremely important for both male and females. But by the UNDP’s study, girls in South Korea are supposedly prevented from attending schools – which is a complete bull shit question mark.

    I can believe that the northern European countries have the best gender balance, but after that, I think we should take this report with a grain of salt. There has been a woman president, there has been a record number of female politicians appointed and elected, as well as the number women who have jobs outstrip the men. Of course the pay they get is only 60% of the men, so there are many things that still need improving. But it’s getting better for women, not worse and worse, as this study suggests.

    • Sillian

      It is not from the UNDP. It’s from the WEF.

  • Chucky3176

    University Education Level of Sexes for South Korea for the age group of (18 to 24)

    Males = 111%

    Females = 86%

    So how’s it possible to have 111% Korean males to receive university education?
    They counted all the drafted Korean military personnel who took time off university to serve their military draft, as well as the regular male university attendees.

    What’s not calculated into WEF’s study are two facts that cannot be denied:

    1) South Korea leads the world in tertiary education attendance – for both men and women. No country in the world comes even close. Most Western nations with far higher ranked gender equality, have no more than 35 to 50% of those who are university educated.

    2) If you disregard the age group of 18 to 24 and calculate all the age groups, there is no sex difference in tertiary education levels of both men and women.

    I would like to stress that I am not saying South Korea’s gender equality is good. So I hope somebody doesn’t try to put words into my mouth but I’m sure some will try. Like the Korean TV news said, South Korea still has a long ways to go in achieving sex equality comparable to northern Europe. It’s just that it’s not as bad as this WEF report makes it out to be (I mean come on, 122nd out of 140? — that’s like the absolute bottom, and getting worse and worse every year). Things are slowly improving in South Korea, not getting worse. After all it wasn’t long ago that most South Koreans wanted only baby boys, and there were lot of aborted female babies. But now a days, most Koreans prefer and favor female babies instead, as the average number of child born into families in Korea is only 1.2.

  • commander

    We should not be swayed by the WEF report and don’t have to recriminated ourselves.

    Although the nation has a lot of to be desired for improved gender equality–the immediately previous koreaBang’s post about forced resignation of pregnant female workers coming to my mind–we have made remarkable progress in gender equality.

    20-something and 30-something people firmly believe in gender equality which is a necessity not an option for South Korea, and more leaning toward seeing women as equal peers to men than the older generation, many of whom are negative about women’s conspicuous presence in society.

    The WEF report acts as a more source of unnecessary controversy with hardly appropriate evaluation methods than as a guideline we need to pay heed to.

  • Xio Gen

    All these MRAs should move to Korea. Clearly their work will be more appreciated. At least these comments show exactly why this disparity exists. One of the lowest in gender equality? It must be because men are treated terribly!

    • AllKpop<3Ailee'sBoobies

      Redpill baby!

  • bigmamat

    I have a theory why so many “progressive” countries have been losing ground in gender equality issues. It’s the same reason for many of our current problems including the rise in religious fundamentalism and heel heights for women. “It’s the economy stupid”. You can’t have a handful of people controlling all the money in the world while the rest us fight for the scraps at the bottom. It’s puts everyone in competition with each other just for survival. People then become resentful about their competition, whether it’s immigrants or their own female population. Rather than blame our country’s economic policies it’s easier to feel resentment for the person next to you that might be doing better.

  • MPhelps

    I asked my female coworker why she doesn’t like President Park and she said, “Because she is a woman.”

    • AllKpop<3Ailee'sBoobies

      Obviously, your friend is small minded and doesn’t know what’s good for her, which is feminism!

      It’s always amazing how feminists discount other women’s opinions who disagree with them.

      • commander

        The biggest problem with fervent feminism is that they dismiss some women having disagreement over feminism’s viewpoint as something ignorant instead of persuading them to subscribing to their standpoint.

        Actually, this overbearing attitude is found almost all in elitist activists. But unfortunately, more than often than not, it is them who fail to get to the bottom of the reality.

    • commander

      The more plausible answer to that question is that her life is dissimilar from ordinary women’s, making it hard for women to relate to her.

      She suffered from the death of her both parents by assassination, which is unlikely for average Joe and lived a life of a politician, without getting married and having a family.

      So, when she said of women’s empowerment, many working moms and single female workers may think that she is not well aware of what living as a woman in this country is about.

      That’s why some of women disapproves of President Park, though there are women who are passionately in favor of her.

  • cliff_dangers

    Ask any Woman in Korea what happens at their office job when they tell everyone they are soon to be married. Bye bye Eun Gyeong. It was nice working with you. Ask any Korean woman what it’s like attempting to get hired as a married woman with children. Stop wasting our time Mrs. Kim.

  • bultak23

    hello satan.

  • dark

    There was an article stating Korea as a powerful nation. If it cannot even influence a bunch of Swiss bean counters that their methodology is flawed, there’s a long road ahead.
    Stop venting, go out there, and affect change.

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