The development of that labor intensive industry could not succeed without the work of South Korean women, who are the vital part in the form of that labor intensive industry. The lives of those women were also changing with the development. Today, after being influenced by varies of aspects, like tradition values, the democratic movement and Asian financial crisis, South Korean womens social status has changed dramatically. Although their status in the family did not change too much, their live quality, status in the workplace as well as education background has changed a lot compare to their lives before 1960s.
In this paper, we are going discuss what we discovered through the investigation: how the increased development of apparel industry drives economic growth in South Korea, the process reveals one significant phenomenon facing female status: there is a strong association with change in female status with the growing economic scale nowadays.
The South Korean economy was highly boosted by the establishment of the apparel and textile industry, which exported its products and gained many revenues. South Korean men offered most of the skilled labor while women provided the cheap unskilled workforce. At the time when S. Korea was ruled by Japan, many industries were established which included textiles, agriculture, and engineering. Sometime after the Korean War, South Korea was ranked among the poorest nations. South Korea embarked on development strategies, achieved enormous economic growth and became industrialized (Shin, 1980). The government played a key role in the development of the industrial sector. The apparel and textile industry has grown to become the leading industry in South Korea and has been offering the greatest percentage of industrial employment.
The traditional face of Korean women saw drastic changes with the advent of industrial development. While seeking their ways of independence and respects from society, the apparel industry not