August 10, 2015
Lee Tai-young’s 101st Birthday
Lee Tai-Young was the first female lawyer in Korea. In 1952, she passed the difficult Korean national judicial examination — a rare feat for anyone, and an especially stunning achievement for a woman at that time. She later became Korea's first female judge and founded its first legal aid center. By revising national laws, especially those related to families and marriage, Lee helped Korean women improve their circumstances and stand up for their rights.
Lee traveled extensively, advocating for human rights and peace worldwide. In the 1970s and 1980s, she received a flurry of awards, including the Asian Peace Prize (the Ramón Magsaysay Award). Lee wrote many books on women's issues and translated Eleanor Roosevelt's book On My Own into Korean. In her memoirs, Lee summarized her life's work as "build[ing] a dam which can produce energy and power to lighten the darkened corners of society and reinvigorate its stalled and rusty engines."
Doodler Olivia Huynh’s multi-panel Doodle pays tribute to all of the remarkable contributions Lee Tai-young made to Korean society-- as a lawyer, a writer and a champion for women and families. Today, for her 101st birthday, we honor Lee Tai-young for her unyielding commitment to equal rights and lasting contributions to social reform.