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Lee Hee-ho's passing

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First couple Kim Dae-jung and Lee Hee-ho relax with ducks during a holiday at Cheongnamdae, the presidential villa, on Aug. 4, 2001. Korea Times file
Former first lady pioneered women's movement

Following the death of Lee Hee-ho (1922-2019) Monday, many Koreans are revisiting the life of the former first lady, the wife of the late Kim Dae-jung who served as president from 1998 to 2003, after years of struggle as a dissident leader during Korea's authoritarian rule in the 1970s and 80s.

The younger generation of Koreans probably knows Lee mostly as an elderly widow of the former leader who realized the first ever inter-Korean summit in June 2000 in Pyongyang. But before she married Kim, Lee was a pioneering Christian activist for women's rights at a time when most of the nation's women had no status at home or in society, and were unable to speak up against the........

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