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Park joins list of female political inheritors

INDEPENDENT IMAGE:Unlike Thailand’s Yingluck, Shinawatra, Park Geun-hye is a seasoned politician, not a figurehead propelled to power by her father’s name

AFP, SEOUL

Whether a female president will herald any significant gender power shift remains to be seen and neither Park Geun-hye nor her ruling conservative party has a particularly good record on women’s rights.

Park Geun-hye made a strong play for women’s votes in her campaign, a tactic that some found shallow and opportunistic.

Kim Eun-ju, executive director of the Center for Korean Women and Politics, called Park Geun-hye a female political leader “only in biological terms,” saying she had shown little interest in promoting women’s rights in her 15 years in politics.

“Here she follows in the footsteps of many of her Asian predecessors who were not necessarily supportive of women’s rights or equality, especially in their first terms,” Desai said.

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