Park Geun-hye is the eleventh and current President of South Korea. In addition to being the first woman elected as President of South Korea, Park is the first female head of state in the modern history of Northeastern Asia and is the first South Korean president to have been born a South Korean citizen.
Prior to her presidency, she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP) between 2004 and 2006 and between 2011 and 2012. Park was also a member of the Korean National Assemblyand served four complete consecutive parliamentary terms as a constituency representative between 1998 and 2012; she started her fifth term as a proportional representative in June 2012. She is generally considered to be one of the most influential politicians in South Korea.
An important note is that Park is the first female leader of a country that has the highest level of gender inequality in the developed world.
In 2013 and 2014, Park was named the world’s 11th most powerful woman and the most powerful woman in East Asia by Forbes magazine’s list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.