Awards celebrate inspiring women

Top row (from left): Winners Tracie Pang, Khew Yu Nong, Esther Tan and Jocelyn Chng. Bottom row (from left): Winners Rosemary Tan, Li Jingmei, Elyn Wong and Candice Ong. The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises
Winners Tracie Pang (left), Khew Yu Nong (right), Esther Tan and Jocelyn Chng. The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises the achievements of inspiring women. It is organised by The Singapore Women's Weekly magazine, published by SPH Magazines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS
Top row (from left): Winners Tracie Pang, Khew Yu Nong, Esther Tan and Jocelyn Chng. Bottom row (from left): Winners Rosemary Tan, Li Jingmei, Elyn Wong and Candice Ong. The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises
Winners Tracie Pang, Khew Yu Nong, Esther Tan (left) and Jocelyn Chng (right). The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises the achievements of inspiring women. It is organised by The Singapore Women's Weekly magazine, published by SPH Magazines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS
Top row (from left): Winners Tracie Pang, Khew Yu Nong, Esther Tan and Jocelyn Chng. Bottom row (from left): Winners Rosemary Tan, Li Jingmei, Elyn Wong and Candice Ong. The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises
Winners Rosemary Tan (left), Li Jingmei (right), Elyn Wong and Candice Ong. The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises the achievements of inspiring women. It is organised by The Singapore Women's Weekly magazine, published by SPH Magazines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS
Top row (from left): Winners Tracie Pang, Khew Yu Nong, Esther Tan and Jocelyn Chng. Bottom row (from left): Winners Rosemary Tan, Li Jingmei, Elyn Wong and Candice Ong. The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises
Winners Rosemary Tan, Li Jingmei, Elyn Wong (left) and Candice Ong (right). The Great Women Of Our Time Awards, held at VLV Singapore last night, recognises the achievements of inspiring women. It is organised by The Singapore Women's Weekly magazine, published by SPH Magazines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS

Ten women trailblazers were last night honoured by The Singapore Women's Weekly magazine in its annual Great Women Of Our Time Awards, which recognises the achievements of inspiring women.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Josephine Teo, who was guest of honour at the awards party at VLV Singapore, said Singaporean women have scaled new heights.

Last month, Madam Halimah Yacob was sworn in as the country's first woman President, and in 2015, Brigadier-General Gan Siow Huang was the first woman to get the rank.

"It is getting tougher to find the first woman in this or that field," said Mrs Teo, who became a full minister in May and was made Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs. "I did not realise until my appointment was publicly announced and someone pointed out that the security sector had not had a woman minister before."

Mrs Teo outlined ways the Government is helping women fulfil their potential. These include more maternity leave, and more paternity leave and shared parental leave so husbands can help in child-raising.

The Government is also studying how to further encourage part-time work and job-sharing, "so that women need not choose between full-time work and being out of the labour force", she added.

The Singapore Women's Weekly is published by SPH Magazines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.


WINNERS

Arts and media: Tracie Pang, artistic director, Pangdemonium

Design and style: Khew Yu Nong, founder, Khew + Cornelius

Education and public service: Esther Tan Cheng Yin, Singapore's first female naval diver

Finance and commerce: Jocelyn Chng, founder and CEO, JR Group

Health, sports and wellness: Dr Rosemary Tan, founder and CEO, Veredus Labs

Science and technology: Dr Li Jingmei, scientist, A*Star's Genome Institute of Singapore

Subsidiary Award - Lancome Trendsetter Award: Elyn Wong, founder and fashion designer, Stolen

Most Inspiring Award: Candice Ong, chief commercial officer, ShopBack

Honorary Award recipients:

• Elim Chew, entrepreneur and founder, 77th Street

• Laura Hwang, Singapore representative for women's rights to the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children

    A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2017, with the headline 'Awards celebrate inspiring women'. Print Edition | Subscribe