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Women in politics

14 0 3
By Cho Hee-kyoung

With less than a hundred days remaining until the next presidential election, the two major political parties are in a race to recruit top talent to their campaigns. For the two major parties trying to appeal to the undecided voters, a key theme is diversity. A political party tries to signal how different it is to its former self by recruiting someone who is cut from a very different cloth to the average party politician.

A typical politician in Korea is a 55-year-old male graduate of an elite university with a law, media or business background. Thus attracting top female talent is a priority for both major parties. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has even chosen as their recruitment keywords: "Youth, Women and Science."

Initially, the DPK seemed to have struck gold in their appointment as co-campaign chair, of Cho Dong-youn, a young professor in her 30s who graduated from a military academy, served in Iraq, completed a master's degree at Harvard Kennedy School and is an expert in the aerospace industry to boot. She has even given birth to two sons! In short a superwoman with sterling credentials.

Not to be outdone, the opposition People Power Party (PPP), the main opposition, appointed to the position of co-campaign strategy chair, Lee Soo-jung, a well-known forensic psychologist and a long-time........

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