Labour or love (of family): A quest for balance - Politics

How MP manages family and work too

Ms Jessica Tan was fielded as a People's Action Party candidate in the 2006 General Election and has remained an MP for East Coast GRC since. She is one of 23 women MPs in the House today, out of 100 members in total.
Ms Jessica Tan was fielded as a People's Action Party candidate in the 2006 General Election and has remained an MP for East Coast GRC since. She is one of 23 women MPs in the House today, out of 100 members in total.ST FILE PHOTO

When Ms Jessica Tan was deciding whether she should enter politics over a decade ago, she wondered if work or her family would say no.

They did not. Instead, her family members and her employer - software giant Microsoft Operations - told her: "Do what you feel is right."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'How MP manages family and work too'. Print Edition | Subscribe