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The 'Modern' Woman to Grace the W50,000 Note


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Shin Saimdang has been chosen as the person to be pictured on the new W50,000 banknote to be issued in 2009, the first time a Korean heroine has caught the attention of the Bank of Korea.


Yet some women's organizations that advocated the adoption of a woman as the face of a banknote are up in arms. Shin Saimdang is the epitome of a good wife and good mother, they say, and therefore inadequate as a role model for modern women. The head of a feminist organization that opposes the decision most vociferously said the decision “announces to the world that our nation is culturally a developing nation."



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