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A controversial design

Posted on Thu, 8 November 2007 by Phil Mussell - Banknote News

It seems that South Korea's decision to use the image of a 16th Century symbol of motherhood on one of its banknotes has caused something of a rumpus!

Shin Saimgdang, regarded by many as a "maternal icon" will appear on the new 50,000 won note due out in 2009 but it seems that the feminist lobby in South Korea are not happy - stating that the choice reinforced sexist stereotypes of women as mothers and nurturers.