History

Life Shining with Love for the Country and Nation

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April 21 is the 128th birth anniversary of Kang Pan Sok, an outstanding leader of the women’s movement of Korea.

Kang Pan Sok was born into a patriotic family on April 21, 1892. Undergoing all sufferings of the ruined nation in her early years, she fostered the anti-Japanese patriotic spirit and devoted her precious life to the struggle for national liberation with boundless love for the country and people.

National liberation was her great desire.

Witnessing the country plundered and groaning under the bayonets of the Japanese imperialists and the miserable reality of the whole nation, Kang Pan Sok keenly felt that only the armed struggle could achieve national liberation and save the destiny of the fellow countrymen.

Giving the great leader Kim Il Sung the two pistols left by his father Kim Hyong Jik, she deeply convinced him that he should defeat the brigandish Japanese imperialists with arms of revolution to liberate the country.

Kang Pan Sok was an outstanding leader of the Korean women’s liberation movement who opened the origin of the women’s movement of Korea.

In her early years she opposed the feudal convention of male supremacy and had an unusually strong resistance to the exploiter society. She devoted herself to accomplishing the cause of women’s emancipation with the conviction that the road of women’s emancipation indicated by Kim Il Sung is the only correct way to free the Korean women from all sorts of exploitation, oppression and social inequality.

She organized the Anti-Japanese Women’s Association, united the people of all strata including broad women under the banner of the anti-Japanese struggle and powerfully led them to the struggle for national liberation and social liberation.

Thanks to her active education and care, the Korean women who had long suffered from oppression and humiliation regarding it as their fate could grow to be ardent fighters.

Kang Pan Sok was an ardent patriot who sacrificed her family for the revolution.

The Korean people still call her mother of Korea.

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