This article was originally published on March 8, 2022, and was updated on October 28, 2022.
In the world of Korean dramas, viewers are treated to a variety of things, whether it’s a swoon-worthy romance, beautiful cinematography, unique storylines or amazing characters. One thing that we can count on is seeing women run the world, whether it’s by standing up to those in power or subverting society’s expectations of how a woman should be.
We round up some of the most inspirational Korean drama female leads who are encouraging us not to give up and motivating us to be the best versions of ourselves.
1. Go Ae-shin in 'Mr. Sunshine'
In Mr. Sunshine, Go Ae-shin (Kim Tae-ri) is a noblewoman by day and a sniper by night. This double identity that Ae-shin has is dangerous considering that the drama is set in the early 1990s when activists are fighting for South Korea’s independence.
What’s more, being a noblewoman, it’s unspeakable to even imagine that she would wield a gun. But because of her desire to protect her loved ones and her people, Go becomes a sniper for the Righteous army despite society’s expectations.