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South Korean women pin hopes on leader

SEOUL — The country with the developed world’s biggest gender-income gap has its first female president, but Park Geun-hye already has South Koreans wondering whether she will improve the status of women in a society still dominated by men.

Wearing a traditional Korean dress of red and gold silk, Park strode up the steps of the presidential Blue House after her inauguration Monday. So far, she has chosen only two women to join her in top positions — two fewer than a male liberal predecessor.

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