An Evaluation of Social Progress in Singaporean Women
The education levels for Singapore women have rapidly improved for all ages since 1987. The gender inequality through educational attainment had been narrowed. In parallel to the improvement in Singapore's women educational profile, more women in Singapore have joined the labour force. However, many women tend to withdraw from the labour force at some stage of their working life to spend more time with their children and manage house chores. Various schemes have been introduced in order to encourage married women to return or stay in the labour force. In Singapore, there is income disparity between male and female workers. This is partially due to competition in wages from foreign female domestic workers. It would appear, in theory, there are equal opportunities regarding education and employment in Singapore between men and women. More women have chosen to work in jobs that were previously dominated by males. However, gender inequalities remain; most women still hold clerical-related jobs. Managerial and engineering works remain male dominated occupations.
Keywords: Social Progress in Singaporean Women
Mr Shin Koon Tan
Student, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat
Dr. Xiaoli Jiang
School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat