Leading Ladies: Women Making A Difference

09 Apr 2015 - 21 Jun 2015
Stamford Gallery,
Level 1
10am - 6pm

Leading Ladies: Women Making a Difference pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service, specifically from the mid-19th century onwards.

Despite coming from different walks of life, these women shared the common goal of helping those in need. They championed causes, lent their stature, and devoted their time and energy to improving the lives of many.

The leading groups of women then included missionaries and the wives and daughters of prominent Chinese business leaders. The former set up schools, medical and social services, while the latter formed the Chinese Ladies' Association in 1915, becoming the very first local women’s organisation in Singapore. The organisation was later renamed the Chinese Women's Association.

The highlights of this exhibition include personal artefacts from the early members of the association such as Mrs Lee Choon Guan, Madam Violet Woo and Mrs May Wong. Beautiful and intricate cheongsams owned by the current members will also be featured.

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!