Awesome Women of Singapore


Stories of Awesome Women from the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame



Awesome Women of Singapore is a collection of stories of inspirational women found throughout the country’s past to the present day, including:

• Hajjah Fatimah Binte Sulaiman, the businesswoman and philanthropist to whom the mosque at Beach Road is dedicated

• Laurentia Tan, Singapore’s most decorated Paralympian

• Hedwig Anuar, who was the director of the National Library for 28 years.

Lawyers, activists, soldiers, swimmers and scientists, these women, from all colours and creeds, fought to break the mould. Singapore today is partly shaped by their tremendous work.

Illustrated by 10 female Singapore artists, the book hopes to encourage young children and inspire generations with the stories of these Singapore women—all from the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame—who worked hard to achieve their dreams. Many saw hardships along the way, but they never gave up.

The book’s editor, Margaret Thomas, is a seasoned writer who is deeply involved in SCWO activities. Margaret Thomas was an investment analyst before she found her calling in journalism. She spent some 25 years in the newsrooms of The Business Times, The Singapore Monitor and Today, mostly in senior editing positions. She was also part of the founding team of Singapore Press Holding’s internet arm, Asiaone. She was a founder member of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and of migrant-rights group TWC2. She now works on books and related projects.



Proceeds from the Awesome Women of Singapore Book go towards the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, and Project Awesome, in efforts to educate, motivate and empower our youths to dare to dream.


About Margaret Thomas

Margaret Thomas was a journalist for more than 25 years at The Business Times, The Singapore Monitor, SPH AsiaOne, and TODAY.  She now works primarily on book projects and, in various voluntary roles, in the pursuit of gender equality and an open, informed, and inclusive society. She was a founder member of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) in 1984/85 and was its President. She has also been involved in civil society organisations and initiatives such as TWC2, the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, Project Awesome and the Singapore Advocacy Awards. Books she has edited or co-edited include Awesome Women of Singapore (2021); Growing Up Perempuan (2018); The Art of Advocacy in Singapore (2017); Our Lives to Live: Putting a woman’s face to change in Singapore (2015).

Price (S$49.90) includes shipping to Singapore.