Bicentennial women pioneers

Trailblazers of Singapore

(Clockwise from top left) Maggie Lim nee Tan, first female winner of the Queen's Scholarship; Dr Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, who set up clinics for women and children; Maria Dyer, founder of Singapore's first girls' school; Che Zahara Noor Mohamed, fou
(Clockwise from top left) Maggie Lim nee Tan, first female winner of the Queen's Scholarship; Dr Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, who set up clinics for women and children; Maria Dyer, founder of Singapore's first girls' school; Che Zahara Noor Mohamed, founder of Malay Women's Welfare Association. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/PERANAKAN MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME, WIKIPEDIA. SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

Where are the women?

That was the question raised by Ms Margaret Thomas when four statues of Singapore's early pioneers were installed alongside the Singapore River statue of Sir Stamford Raffles in January as part of this year's activities to mark the bicentennial, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the British's arrival here.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'Trailblazers of Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe