Let’s meet some profiles of women from this part of the planet who with courage and determination have broken stereotypes and imposed molds in their environment
Kim Yuna. In her country, they call her “Queen Yuna”. She was the first Korean to win the Olympic Games, World Championships, the Four Continents Championship, and the Grand Prix Final. Nine times Ella Kim won the South Korean National Figure Skating Championships in South Korea. She announced her retirement in 2014, but she continued her work as an ambassador for UNICEF and was part of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Organizing Committee.
Ryu Gwansun. A woman who during the invasion of Japan that lasted 35 years until the Second World War, in 1919 Ryu organized a peaceful protest, achieving mobilizations to achieve independence and thus became the symbol of this Korean struggle against Japanese forces. For having been a victim of torture and subsequent murder, she is known as the Korean “Joan of Arc”.
During this time, it is also important to mention the women who suffered the horrors of sexual violence during this invasion of troops in World War II, called “comfort women”.
Yi Soyeon – Engineer and astronaut. The first Korean woman and one of the first Asian women to travel to space, in 2008.
Yi, despite difficult educational conditions in her country, got her license from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), one of the top science universities in the country, and holds a Ph.D. in biotechnology. . For this reason, the Ministry of Science and Technology selected it to be part of a space flight organized by the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Lee Sojeong. A journalist for the Korean network KBS. What has made Lee stand out is that she managed to get the newscast in a traditionally predominantly male medium.
Sharon Choi is a filmmaker and recently stood out for winning the Oscar for best film for Parasite with Bong Joon-Ho, and the interesting thing is that she was an interpreter in her original language, in a subtitled version.
Choi intervened in each of the four mentions and Oscar awards that the film obtained during the ceremony, and also interpreted the speeches at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, becoming one of the most well-known faces. of the South Korean team and redefining the much-needed change in the film industry.
Sumi Jo. Soprano and opera singer. She studied singing and piano in her country, at the Sun Hwa Art School in Seoul, and later she traveled to Italy to study singing at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, where she obtained her diploma. Because of her wonderful performances, timbre, and tone of her voice, she has been qualified as possessing the “voice from heaven”. Among her many accolades, Sumi shared a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, in 1992, for her performance of Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten.
Currently, several South Korean female performers in the pop genre have been generating fans around the world, especially among the teenage population, and have formed the globally successful K-Pop movement, such as Han Seung-yeon and Heo Young-ji, from the group Kara.
This is how at The Woman Post we focus on highlighting women in various sectors who have been benchmarks and who mark a path for future generations around the world.