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352. I am a Woman Leader

Strong leader, Kwon, Eun-hee

뉴스관리자 기자2014.03.31 15:13:31

I am a Women leader

-strong leader, Kwon, Eun-hee-

By Yim, Ji-young, Cub Reporter

young106@knu.ac.kr

 

A member of the National Assembly, Kwon, Eun-hee, is a lawmaker of the Saenuri Party. She always makes an effort to develop Buk-gu, Daegu, having a sense of responsibility and remembering her first intention as head of Buk-gu. Her passion is amazing as an IT expert and member of the National Assembly. Now, let’s listen to her story.

 

Member of the National Assembly

 

Q. How did you begin your political career?

Actually, I could not predict that I would be doing what I am now. At first, I was an executive of a major company (KT) and then I became a representative of an enterprise of middle standing where I produced software. Many people moved to other enterprises with better conditions because enterprises started to know about the importance of software and they scouted for talented employees. Therefore, the people working in middle standing enterprises lacked competent people. In that situation, I thought that if we continued like this, our future will be dark. At that very moment, president Park Geun-hye became a proportional representative and preferred those with backgrounds in natural science or engineering. Thus, at that time, I was selected because I was a woman who majored in electronic engineering, participated in party activities and had experienced both in a major company and an enterprise of middle standing. I did not originally want to be a member of the National Assembly. However, various experiences on each occasion have been a big help to me.

 

Q. What do you want to do in your legislative activities in the future?

First, I want to put more effort into IT development in our country. Next, it is difficult to invite manufacturers to Daegu because we are not in a convenient location for distribution. However, we can do well in intangible industries, such as contents or software. Thus, I wish to assist Kyungpook National University to establish foundations for making a second IT powerhouse by cultivating people of talent. Furthermore, I also wish to create a software specific department of the IT college of Kyungpook National University and cultivate people of talent who can play a central role by supporting Daegu and neighboring towns. Therefore, I will cooperate with Daegu and many members of the legislative body of Daegu to make this happen.

 

Women

 

Q. You have walked a path that has not had very few women before you. Have you had any hardship during this time?

Well, I have not had any big hardships. Dare I say it, for example, when I participated in athletic meets, they provided me things like male clothing, though I am a woman, because they just thought that there would only be men. In the early days, because I graduated from a girl’s high school, I felt uncomfortable. However, I eventually adapted to the situation and felt comfortable.

 

Q. What was your most memorable moment as you overcame your difficulties?

Women and men are usually not treated equally in the workplace. In olden days, if women advanced in rank to some degree, they were not accepted any more because Confucianism was deep-rooted in our society. Therefore, the tendency to rate men higher than women was prevalent. This disadvantage is usually given to women of rank. I had also experienced that disadvantage but I overcame it and became the second female executive at KT. At that moment, I felt a sense of accomplishment and it remains in my memory.

 

University Alumni & Senior

 

Q. How were your undergraduate days?

I neglected my studies during my freshman and sophomore years. I neglected my lessons because I had joined the union circle of Daegu, not in the University, and I was absorbed in it. Furthermore, I was not familiar with my major, whereas the male students were. However, when I advanced to the second semester of my sophomore year, I thought about my future career and started to study hard. I remember that I had a lot of fun in those days.

 

Q. Do you have any advice to KNU students?

Firstly, I recommend you to study hard because it is your duty as a student. And then, I hope that you have a variety of experiences. The saying goes, “the undergraduate days are the golden times of life”. It is good for self-development to make a plan of your own. For example, think about what you want to do, where you want to go or what you want to read, and make a plan.

 

Conclusion

During the interview, Kwon, Eun-hee was mild and familiar and showed charisma. I felt that she has her current position because of her charisma. I could feel that she loves her work and has a strong sense of responsibility. She knows her work and does her best. While thinking about it, she led us to some self-examination. Let’s do our best in our own position.

 

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