The Rise of Women Leaders in North Korea

Since Kim Jong Un came to power, North Korean media has carefully curated the public image of both his wife and sister, a departure from how women were portrayed in the Kim Jong Il era. But they aren’t the only women in Pyongyang’s inner circles—several have been promoted to powerful political and diplomatic roles in recent years. While it may not have much impact on his policy decisions in the long run, the fact that Kim Jong Un has opened doors to some women is particularly striking given the historically male representation of power and politics in North Korea.

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