Sign of the Times
But values are beginning to change, with the country seeing a vocal #MeToo movement in 2018, and Kim Jong-myong, managing director of the KBS news operation, said appointing a female main news anchor met “the demands of the times”.
It would have been “unthinkable” to suggest a woman anchor in the 1980s, he said.
Lee’s role “overturns” the gender norm expected in South Korean society, said women’s rights activist Bae Bok-ju, and was an “encouraging sign” of the country moving in the right direction.
“Delivering major political and social news has long been considered the men’s job while keeping women sidelined,” she said.
“That we have this female main anchor is a sign that South Korea is at a crossroads to fix its gender stereotype at long last.”
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