Distinguished Honorary Ewha Fellow

by Shaker Pizza Diavola

I saw the below picture on the NYT article about Clinton's trip to Asia. The picture was taken at Ewha Womans University, one of the top schools in Korea and the top women's college. It's the largest women's school in the world and it was meant to be a safe space for women and for their education (see here).

It makes me really happy that Clinton took time on her diplomatic tour to visit and give a talk specifically at Ew-Dae and the photo of her surrounded by female undergrads makes me all blubby. It wasn't that long ago that women were discouraged from attending college in Korea—I don't think any of my aunts were sent to university, and that would have been in the 60s and 70s. This is change I can believe in:

From Ew-Dae's own site :
Ewha will confer the title of 'Distinguished Honorary Ewha Fellow'…to recognize Secretary of State Clinton for opening a new era in women's participation in public affairs through her political involvement as a candidate of the Democratic Party for the U.S. presidential election and her faithful service as lawyer, professor, first lady, senator, and Secretary of State that led to her extraordinary contributions to the cause of human rights and the protection of the interests of women, children, and the family.

President Bae Yong Lee said, "Secretary of State Clinton's life and her work reflects the founding spirit of Ewha itself, namely its commitment to the enhancement of women's rights and the realization of human justice," and added that "We are honoring Secretary of State Clinton for the steps she has taken in her life that remind us of the frontier spirit of Ewha, and the university's undying efforts to improve the conditions of women and the nation. This event will inspire and challenge Ewha students to become future leaders."

Secretary of State Clinton generously allocated the time for her visit to Ewha in spite of a very tight schedule in Korea. With more than 2,000 Ewha students participating, this meeting is by far the largest organized event in her current tour of Asian countries. She will address Ewha students on the topic of 'Women's Empowerment' to be followed by an open round of questions and answers.

The student response to Secretary of State Clinton's visit was highly enthusiastic.
I thought this was a nice contrast to Chris !@#$@ Matthews and his bloviating.

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