Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gender Paradox

The story is old, now.  South Korea has elected its first female president, Park Geun-hye.  What still intrigues me is how the most gender unequal country in the developed world managed to hoist up a woman president--before the U.S., before Canada, before France. 

Ms. Magazine has expressed its hope that President Park will improve the said inequality.  I doubt it.  She has surrounded herself with male cabinet officials; in fact, two less women serve in her cabinet than women did for the previous (male) president. 

The situation raises questions about how do women acquire power in organizations that are dominated by men?  Do they have to become "more" like men?  Do they have to act "more manly" than their male peers?  And what circumstances brought them to power in the first place if they are ostensibly enveloped in circumstances of gender inequality?

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