Some South Korean women are so frustrated by the country's stubborn gender pay gap that they are seeking a radical shift: equal political representation.

A proposal recently introduced to the National Assembly seeks to fill half the body's seats with women — compared with 17 percent now. Under the measure, parties that fail to put forward female candidates in at least 50 percent of the districts they contest would face fines.

While few expect the measure to pass this session, the bill is fanning an already intense debate over gender and political representation in South Korea. Supporters are wiring money to the office of the bill's author, Park Young-sun, and posting screen grabs of the bank transfers, accompanied by the hashtag #남녀동수법 (#malefemaleequalnumberlaw).