Marcella Shin, Dorothy Lee, and Alice Kim

Gendering Modernity: Korean Women Seen through the Early Missionary Gaze (1880s–1910s)

Marcella Shin, Dorothy Lee, and Alice Kim

Marcella Shin, Dorothy Lee, and Alice Kim at the first commencement ceremony at Ewha Haktang’s college, 1914. Source: Left: Ewha Archives, Seoul. Right: General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, Madison, NJ.

Ewha Haktang started to offer college courses in 1910 and four years later produced the first Korean women to earn undergraduate-level degrees. Fifteen women had entered the college’s inaugural freshman class, out of which the three women in these images were graduating on this day. As documented in Ewha’s archives, in a ceremony to commemorate their achievement, these three graduates introduced their graduation theses: “Play as Educational Element,” “A Study of Korean Art,” and “American Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” which demonstrate the breadth of these women’s intellectual interests.