A Week With Samantha Runkel: South Korea's "Sea Women"

Photo: @michaelrunkel    Haeyneo , or "sea women,” have for centuries been the primary divers in Korean culture. During the 1600s as men were increasingly drawn away to war and conquest, women were left behind to provide for their families and communities. Eventually, they became known as “Korea’s first working moms”.

Photo: @michaelrunkel

Haeyneo, or "sea women,” have for centuries been the primary divers in Korean culture. During the 1600s as men were increasingly drawn away to war and conquest, women were left behind to provide for their families and communities. Eventually, they became known as “Korea’s first working moms”.

The tireless work of Mothers and Grandmothers who have desk jobs, or work 9-5 on their feet all day largely go un appreciated. But imagine your Mom leaving the house at 60, diving into freezing waters with lead weights around her hips and no breathing equipment and staying down for two minutes to get your dinner.

This story will remind you of the incredible stamina, strength and sacrifice of women, and it will make you feel like you’ve become part of this beautiful legacy.

You can dive into Samanthas story here.