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The Lives of Women: How have women progressed in Singapore since independence?

02 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020
The Concourse,
Level 1
10am – 7pm
Free Admission

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The Lives of Women: How have women progressed in Singapore since independence?

This exhibition is the second of the three-part series about the lives of women in Singapore. We present key facts and figures that show the progress, or lack of it, made by women in education, work, public life, and in society generally. These facts will be brought to life by referring to some of the 160 women in the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF).
The first exhibition, in 2018, explored the lives of women in pre-independence Singapore. The final exhibition in 2020 will look at what lies ahead. 

For more information on this exhibition series, visit
The Lives of Women series of exhibitions is a collaboration between SWHF and the National Museum of Singapore.
About SWHF:
The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame was launched in 2014 by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) to celebrate the achievements of women in Singapore, and to document and share the stories of these remarkable women. The aim is to inspire people, especially young Singaporeans, to aim high, to dare to dream, and to chart their own path in life.


Womanpower! The Vital Factor in Singapore's Development
Sat, 11 Jan | 11am – 1pm | Seminar Room, Level 2 | Free Admission

Until the 1960s, there were few women in the workforce. But as the economy began to grow, womanpower became a vital factor in Singapore’s development. Without women workers, our factories could not have functioned.

What was it like for the women who left the familiarity of their homes or the factory floor? How did they cope with the stresses of production quotas and long shifts?

Hear it from the women themselves in this talk organised in conjunction with The Lives of Women exhibition.

To register, email with your full name and title of the talk (Womanpower!) by Friday, 10 Jan. For more enquiries, call 65710190.


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!