Singapore’s Early Women Philanthropists

By National University of Singapore (NUS)



Date & time

10 June 2016



10 June 2016


About this event

We know of many Asian men who were philanthropists in Singapore, but why is there a deafening silence when it comes to the contributions of women in Singapore’s philanthropic history?

Join author Yu-Lin Ooi as she looks for answers as to how Asian women contributed to early Singapore’s philanthropic growth from 1900 to 1945.

Through the stories of Majie, our early Wakifs, Singapore’s first Chinese feminists and the ground-breaking work of Strait Chinese ladies, we trace the gradual transition of Asian women’s roles in philanthropy from the hidden and traditional to that which was visible and recognised.

How British rule and the 20th century impacted women and the choices they made regarding identity and economic power will also be discussed in this exploratory study into Singapore’s philanthropic roots.

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