In 2009, the Seoul Metropolitan Government introduced women only parking spots. The purpose of the parking spots, called “she-spots”, are part of a $700 million dollar project by the government of Seoul to make the city more female-friendly.
Contrary to what many people have been reading online, the parking spots are not longer, or wider. There was backlash about she-spots being wider and longer, because it would perpetuate the stereotype that women are bad drivers.
Lauren Suk, a spokesperson for the Seoul Metropolitan Government, told Mashable, “However, the size of the parking space is not typically large or expanded; it’s the same size as regular parking spaces.”
The parking spots are also located closer to entrances, exits, elevators and escalators. The reasoning behind this is to make things more convenient for mothers who have children, and for safety reasons. Areas where there are she-spots are well-lit.
She-spots are not the only way Seoul is making things more comfortable for women, they have repaved some of its sidewalks with squishy, high heel-friendly material and built 7,000 women-only toilets across the city.
“As more women engage themselves in social life, their desire to improve the quality of life and demand for public support is increasing,” adds Assistant Mayor for Women and Family Affairs, Cho Eun-hee.
Other ways Seoul will continue with their female-friendly movement is to build sidewalks that are crack-free, so high heels don’t get stuck, having televisions in nursery schools so parents can watch their children while at work, and creating niche-market jobs in the nursing or teaching fields for housewives.