Seon Mi Kim, from South Korea, is a PhD Student in Social Work. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Korea Development Institute, a Masters in Sociology from Sogang University and a BA in Sociology from Duksung Women’s University in Korea. She was the Policy Director of the Korea Women’s Association United in Seoul for ten years and has worked as an advisor to the National Human Rights Commission in Seoul and she was involved with the passage of the Single Parent Welfare Act. Her current research focuses on women’s empowerment processes and outcomes in South Korea and the US. She has published articles in several journals and book chapter publications, as well as newspaper articles and columns on women’s issues in Korea. She has presented papers at conferences and won several awards.