Women’s advocate to speak Jan. 22 at Cottey

Posted January 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Jin In takes the stage in the Missouri Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by Cottey College’s Institute for Women’s Leadership and Social Responsibility.

Jin In is the founder and president of 4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL), a multigenerational and multi-international network of women specialists and undergraduate students from the US to cause bold social change in the ways the world’s poorest girls are valued, educated and developed as leaders.

Jin In, born into a wealthy family in Seoul, South Korea, became destitute when her father passed away because Korean laws at that time did not recognize wives as blood relatives. Her mother left the family to immigrate to the US, learn English, find a job and dream of reuniting the family. They were able to reunite five years later in Texas.

Jin In realized in medical school that medicine in most countries has forgotten women who are often treated as second-class citizens. Her life’s mission soon became one of empowering girls and women globally with local action. From this, came the formation of 4GGL.

The Recital Hall is inside the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts on the northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada. The speaker series is free. A reception follows after the address in the Weber Foyer of the Center for the Arts.