In her year-long quest for a job, South Korean college graduate Casey Lee has faced a barrage of personal and contradictory questions.
"One company asked if I had a boyfriend and when I’d get married. Another asked why I didn’t have a boyfriend and wondered if someone like me who had no plan to get married soon was trustworthy enough or had a personality issue."
Only 2.7 percent of the 15,000 top executives at the country’s 500 biggest firms are female, a government survey showed. Evidence also points to some firms in the world’s 11th-largest economy systematically discriminating against women.
Jobs at state-run firms such as KGS are popular as they offer lifetime employment, but on former CEO Park Ki-dong’s instructions seven qualified women applicants were eliminated － including the top scorer among the 31 finalists.
Many married women － whether working or not － have to take sole responsibility for household chores and childcare, with the double burden seen as a major cause of the country’s paltry birthrate.
under fire：慣用片語，遭受嚴厲批評。例句：His discriminatory speaking came under fire fiercely.（他的歧視性談話被狠批。）
barrage：名詞，一連串、大量。例句：Stepping into the entrance, his wife threw at him a barrage of complaints.（剛踏進玄關，他太太就連珠砲般向他抱怨。）
paltry：形容詞，微不足道的。例句：Despite holding several posts, his income is still paltry.（儘管身兼多職，他的收入還是少得可憐。）