“Our Natural Talents”: Policewomen and Anti-Prostitution Activism in South Korea, 1946-1949
Zoë Gioja will present a paper examining the founding of the women's police force in South Korea in the years immediately following the Second World War. Established by the American Military Government that occupied South Korea from 1945-1948, the women's police force worked closely with rightist women's organizations in South Korea to pursue their own agendas of "family control" and anti-prostitution activism. These activities in turn laid the groundwork for the expansion of policewomen's anti-leftist political work during the Korean War.
Presenter: Zoë Gioja