To educate women is to educate their families, their communities and their countries. Scranton Women's Leadership Center is committed to empowering women to live up to their full potential and leadership through education so that they may contribute to the advancement of their own communities and to the world.
Scranton Women's Leadership Center, keeping the mission heritage of the United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church, aims to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to women in Korea and overseas and to nurture women's leadership in the church and society, extending the Reign of God in this world.
The Woman Behind the Name
Mrs. Mary F. Scranton was a woman with an extraordinary vision, courage and commitment. When Mrs. Scranton arrived in 1885 as Korea's first female missionary, she quickly became aware of the plight of Korean women under Confucian tradition. She believed that educating women would change their lives and the whole Korean society and move them out of perpetual poverty. She said that the goal of her education was to help Korean women become better Korean women. Though she did not speak the Korean language, and the anti-foreign and anti-Christian sentiments were pervasive at the time, she overcame all the obstacles and established Ewha Hakdang, the 'Pear Blossom School' in 1886.
Over the years, Ewha Hakdang expanded to include an elementary school, middle school, high school and a college. The college that grew out of Ewha Hakdang is now Ewha Womans University, the largest Women's university in the world.
Mrs. Scranton's vision and dedication for Korean women empowered women to live with dignity, a legacy that is evident in the leadership of Korean women worldwide. Following the footsteps of Mrs. Scranton's vision, the Scranton Women's Leadership Center strives to make the impossible become possible and be a guiding light for the world.
Mrs. Scranton, Mary Fletcher