How Has Higher Education Influenced the Empowerment of Modern-Day South Korean Women?

Teri Jayun Ham

Abstract

South Korea faces a rising issue when it comes to its under-developed female labor force, but this is not due to a lack of supply of educated women. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported in 2009 that 54.7 percent of students enrolled in post-secondary non-tertiary education were female; yet, only half of working-aged Korean women are participating in the workforce. Due to South Korea’s low fertility rates and shrinking population, the country is on track to experience a severe shortage in its labor force, which will only be amplified if women continue to opt out of the workforce. For these timely and relevant socio-economic reasons, this paper will explore whether highly educated Korean women feel that they can make empowered choices when it comes to their life choices after obtaining university degrees, and will apply the empowerment framework—as interpreted by Alsop and Heinsohn, as an analytical lens used to guide the discourse.

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Ham T. (2017). How Has Higher Education Influenced the Empowerment of Modern-Day South Korean Women?.In 1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 1: ICES, ISBN 978-989-758-314-8, pages 29-37. DOI: 10.5220/0007035600290037


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@conference{ices17,
author={Teri Jayun Ham},
title={How Has Higher Education Influenced the Empowerment of Modern-Day South Korean Women?},
booktitle={1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 1: ICES,},
year={2017},
pages={29-37},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007035600290037},
isbn={978-989-758-314-8},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - 1st International Conference on Educational Sciences - Volume 1: ICES,
TI - How Has Higher Education Influenced the Empowerment of Modern-Day South Korean Women?
SN - 978-989-758-314-8
AU - Ham T.
PY - 2017
SP - 29
EP - 37
DO - 10.5220/0007035600290037