An Evaluation of Social Progress in Singaporean Women

Mr Shin Koon Tan,
Dr. Xiaoli Jiang
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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
Stream: Identity, Belonging, Nations, Nationalism, Communities, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Women and Change in Singapore

Mr Shin Koon Tan

Student, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat

Presented "Impact on Families: Philippine Domestic Workers in Singapore" at 6th APSA Conference: Transmigrant Workers and Civil Society II, in Seoul.

Dr. Xiaoli Jiang

School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat

Ref: D05P0145