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Posted : 2013-04-25 21:22
Updated : 2013-04-25 21:22

Public administration ministry taps first female bureau chief

Kim Hye-soon
By Kwon Ji-youn

Kim Hye-soon, 52, has become the first female to hold the position of bureau chief at the Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

On Tuesday, Kim was appointed as director general of the civil service labor management cooperation bureau at the ministry.

“I began my career in the women’s policy bureau at the ministry after graduating from Sogang University, and have since built a solid career,” Kim said. “But it was difficult working and taking care of my children at the same.”

It is true that society has high expectations of successful women. To this, Kim said that she does not want to be modeled just as a female director.

“I am aware that my being female can become an advantage when dealing with labor and management,” she said. “But I don’t want this fact to be overly emphasized.”

Kim said that although she is a female, she also can be masculine. She stressed the importance of merging the two.

“It seems as though many have high expectations, and I feel the pressure,” she said. “Their expectations seem to be partly of my advantage as a female. I’ll try my best to live up to them.” 


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