As the name ‘Women Are Stronger Than Men’ implies, it was built largely by students and young people out of school. These are known as ‘shock brigades’ because of the speed they apply to the job.
The painting below shows a winter setting for this oil painting.
A woman is clearly going to knock the socks off her male competitor by holding the mallet on outstretched hand for the longest time.
The slogan on the hillside reads “Let’s Open the Route!”
The below piece shows an inkwork scene. It is set in summer with a young woman arm-wrestling a male colleague. Showing also the impression that she is about to win.
The billboard text reads: “The Strong Girl”.
The images are intended to create the impression of ‘wow look that girl is tough’.
In North Korea (as in almost all around the world) it is still seen as unusual that a woman can be physically tougher than a man.
Dressed in work clothes, these are young women competing on an equal footing and winning. Certainly, someone to be admired but stripped of femininity made to look like the odd one out.
Entertainment on major projects does take place, but there is no doubt that this project was particularly tough. Construction began in November 1998, and the opening took place in October 2000. It is suggested that the project was undertaken to keep youth busy during the period as the country came out of the horrendous ‘Arduous March’.