Better Welfare, my Ass

This from a Chungbuk Province document:

We have…built a more stable welfare system for women through a greater participation of women in the workplace.

Just becuase more women are in the workforce doesn’t mean it that life is all that much better for them. Because in traditional places like this province, the women may work all day but they will also be expected to shoulder ALL the duties of the home: cooking (from scratch people; Korea is not a casserole or can-of-soup kind of country), cleaning, shopping, laundry, child-rearing, etc. Hubby is not expected to help out, at least by society.

It could be that this pattern is changing w/ the younger generations. Let’s hope so. But it is definitely a man’s world in traditional rural Korea.


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