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SCWO Has Inducted 7 Amazing Women into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame

Front Row (L-R): Santha Bhaskar, Junie Foo, President Halimah, Sun Xueling, Margaret Thomas 2nd Row (L-R): Samantha Ong, Vanessa Ess, Wendy Toh 3rd Row (L-R): Sudha Nair, John Geno-Oehlers, Teo Keng Geok

The 7th annual Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was this year held at the Istana on 8 March in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame inducted seven outstanding women from five different fields into its ranks.

The honourees for 2021 are:

Ida Mabel Murray Simmons, a pioneering public health nurse who transformed infant and maternal health care in rural Singapore between 1927 and 1948.

Mae Noeline Oehlers, an outstanding sportswoman and educator who was a star hockey player in the 1930s and later the first Singaporean Principal of Raffles Girls’ School.

Kwan Shan Mei, a pioneering illustrator who illustrated the readers and textbooks used by generations of Singapore students.

Myrna Braga-Blake, a pioneering social worker, educator, and activist who dedicated her life to shaping services for victims of domestic violence and training future social workers.

Santha Bhaskar, a pioneering dancer and choreographer who weaved into her classical Indian dance performances elements of other Asian dance styles.

Annabel Pennefather, a trailblazing sports administrator and lawyer who chalked up many firsts in sports administration, both locally and internationally, and in the legal profession.

Teo Ah Hong, the first female commercial pilot who as the Chief Flying Instructor at the Singapore Flying College was responsible for the training of many Singapore pilots.

Our Guest-of-Honour and SCWO Patron, President Halimah Yacob, presented the inductees and the representatives of inductees with The Flame and formally inducted the women into the Hall of Fame.

The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame also launched its first children’s book, Awesome Women of Singapore, at the Induction Ceremony. The launch was officiated by President Halimah as she unveiled and signed the cover of the book.

President Halimah also unveiled and formally named a new orchid hybrid, Papilionanthe SG Women, to commemorate the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Year of Celebrating SG Women in 2021

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