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One area where South Korea is ahead of us: It has a woman president

outh Korea's new President Park Geun-hye leaves after her inauguration at parliament in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Elected in December, Park is believed to be the first Korean woman to rule in a millennium. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji,
South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, leaves after her inauguration Monday in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji)

On Monday, Park Geun-hye became South Korea’s first woman president. How did that country – which lags the United States in most surveys of how well women are doing – elect a woman to its highest office before we did?

As the following article points out, Park is well known in South Korea, the daughter of a longtime dictator. She has a sympathy factor going for her as well; her mother was killed in 1974 by an assassin aiming at her father (who was himself assassinated in 1979).

Even so, she must have strong political chops to win the presidency. She is a conservative, market-oriented politician who in the past campaigned on a platform of tax cuts, less regulation, and strong law and order. She has a reputation for keeping promises she makes. No wonder she’s popular.

Here’s the article about her we’re running Friday in the print edition. Read more »