Kim Mi Soo was a Korean politician who served as the country’s first female president.
Kim Mi Soo was the first female president of South Korea, serving from 2017 to 2021. Her term in office was riddled with controversy, and she became embroiled in a corruption scandal that ultimately led to her impeachment. In 2022, she was found guilty of embezzlement and bribery and sentenced to life in prison. She died in prison at the age of 63 on February 2023. Here’s everything you need to know about Kim Mi Soo.
Who is Kim Mi Soo?
Kim Mi Soo served as the first female president of South Korea from 2017 until 2021. She was born on September 15th 1953 and graduated from Yonsei University with a degree in English Literature before going on to study law at Sejong University.
What did Kim Mi Soo do before becoming president?
“I believe that people should be able to live without having to worry about their next meal.”
After graduating from university, Kim went into politics and became a member of the Democratic Party. She served as an aide for former President Chung Do-Hwan before being elected as an MP for Seoul Central District #2. In 1993, she became the chairwoman for both the Democratic Party Women’s Affairs Committee and its Policy Research Committee.
In 1996, she was appointed as Minister of Gender Equality by President Park Geun-Hye but resigned after just three months due to allegations that she had used her position for personal gain.
In 2008, Kim made history by becoming South Korea’s first female foreign minister when President Lee Myung-Bak appointed her.
She then served two terms as governor of Gyeonggi Province between 2010 and 2016 before being elected as South Korea’s first female president following Park Geun-Hye’s impeachment.
During her time in office, there were several controversies surrounding her alleged corruption which ultimately led to her impeachment.