Historical footsteps of Korean women doctors during modernization in Korea

Seon Yeong Rim, Sook Hee Kim, Bong-Ok Kim, Hyun-Young Shin
2018 Journal of Korean Medical Association  
http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Women doctors played an exceptional role during the period of modernization in Korea, making tremendous contributions toward the development of Korean society. The first woman doctor, Esther Park, started a community service program for women in adverse circumstances, but later, expanded it to serve both men
more » ... women equally. Esther Park's spirit of service earned her tremendous respect and inspired later generations of women doctors, whose contributions and competences have been acknowledged, and who made steps toward establishing and demanding sexual equality between men and women. In addition, women doctors have contributed to informing people on about important health issues, administering treatment, and preventing of disease. All these considerations demonstrate that during the modernization of Korea, women doctors played a crucial role in the national liberation movement. The most important aspect of this period was that women became role models in many parts of society and pioneered the path toward sexual equality. They became a symbol of responsibility and collective leadership for the following generations, and women doctors, in particular, were notable examples of the spirit of leadership. 한국 근대화 시대의 여의사 91 Rym SY et al.·Korean women doctors during modernization period 근대 여성교육의 시작과 전문직
doi:10.5124/jkma.2018.61.2.90 fatcat:c5i2jnr2wzfh3pdgzely5yx3qu