Korean women participated in their independence movement in 1945 during the Japanese colonial rule. Unfortunately, Korea failed to acknowledge a woman’s contribution.
Well, that was not a surprise because Korean society followed Confucian philosophy which limited women participation in politics. In 1948 laws were changed and Korea’s gave women more political rights.
These laws allowed women to vote. Over the years, the Korean government champion women’s political participation. They also passed several laws and rules to champion gender-based quality in politics.
Despite lots of legal provisions to ensure women participation in politics, only a few women were participants. In other words, there was such a low number. For instance, in the first national assembly in 1948 they were no women members although they were only 18 women candidates.
The first female won a sub-election in Korea. If you compare women representation in politics in Korea and other countries, You will find that their participation was low.
Fortunately, a new era started when the first female was appointed as a prime minister. Her appointment brought hope in the Korean political arena. It meant that now women had a chance to participate in politics and other areas in society.
Japan ruled Korea for 35 years. Their constitution had to be revised at least six times in 1948 up to 1988 because of political instability.
Unlike other countries that had the struggle to fight for women’s suffrage. Koreans women never fought for woman suffrage. Based on the current Korean constitution there are no disparities on the gender.