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Former aide to Michelle Obama a powerful voice for gender equality

Ms Tina Tchen was in Singapore as the keynote speaker at Procter & Gamble's first Asia-Pacific #WeSeeEqual Symposium on April 2, where she shared her experiences in advocacy and working in the White House.
Ms Tina Tchen was in Singapore as the keynote speaker at Procter & Gamble's first Asia-Pacific #WeSeeEqual Symposium on April 2, where she shared her experiences in advocacy and working in the White House.PHOTO: PROCTER & GAMBLE

Former aide to Michelle Obama urges S'pore firms to help women stay in their careers and gain seniority

While women have basic equity with men in countries like Singapore and the United States, the battle for gender equality is not necessarily easier, said Ms Tina Tchen, a women's rights campaigner perhaps best known for her stint as a top aide to Mrs Michelle Obama when she was US First Lady .

The first-generation Chinese-American said during a recent interview with The Straits Times that in more developed countries, resistance can come from the fact that people think the job is done, given the lack of explicit discrimination in areas like education.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'A powerful voice for gender equality'. Print Edition | Subscribe