An Overview

In 2005, SCWO launched The Wall of Fame to honour some of Singapore’s pioneering women activists, educators and philanthropists.

By 2010, there were nine honourees – Chan Choy Siong, Elizabeth Choy, Hajjah Fatimah, Maria Dyer, Seow Peck Leng, Shirin Fozdar, Julie Tan, Lim Hwee Hua and Yu-Foo Yee Shoon.

The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF) is an expansion of the Wall of Fame. Launched on 14 March 2014, it aims to recognise and salute the outstanding women of Singapore in all fields of endeavour.

It is a celebration of the women who have made, or are making, an impact on our nation – the boundary breakers and record holders, the risk-takers and change makers, the role models and the standard setters.

They were the women who, at a time when social norms set limits on what a woman could do, pushed back the barriers and led the way for others. They were the pioneers, the pathfinders. They dared to dream and they turned their dreams into a new reality for the women of their time and the generations to come.

They are, today, the women who are shaping our society with their vision and passion, their enterprise and leadership, their talent and creativity, their humanity. They are the women who inspire us, and we want to recognise them and honour them.

The Hall of Fame


The achievements and tell the stories, hitherto often untold, of Singapore’s phenomenal women


The myriad contributions of women to the shaping of Singapore


The values that drive our outstanding women and that SCWO upholds


The stories and values and inspire others, especially young Singaporeans, to dare to dream and to chart their own path

The Selection Process

SCWO has built up a database of women of distinction, and its researchers are constantly adding names and information to this. SCWO member organisations and members of the public are encouraged to suggest names to be added to the database.

The Resource Panel reviews the database and comes up with a shortlist of candidates for induction each year. The Selection Panel then decides on those to be inducted. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is the highlight each year of SCWO’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

The Criteria for Induction

Citizen or resident of Singapore, or a woman who was born in Singapore, and who meets one or more of the following:

  • A pioneer in her field
  • Set new standards for achievement
  • Made significant and enduring contributions to her field and to society
  • Elevated the status of women
  • Helped to open new frontiers for women and for society
  • An inspiration to others

The Induction Ceremony

The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame was launched on 14th March 2014 at a gala dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel.

President Tony Tan and his wife Mrs Mary Tan, who is SCWO’s patron, were the guests of honour at the dinner which was attended by some 550 people.

The honourees were each introduced to the audience, and presented with a trophy called The Flame.

The Flame represents the vitality of the women in the Hall of Fame, and the torch of inspiration that is passed from one generation to another. It is made of crystal glaze and each piece is individually cast.

The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame Books

Inaugural Edition – $30.00
2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 Editions – $20.00

These books contains brief profiles of the inductees of the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame. They are handy records of the contributions of Singapore’s most outstanding women – the boundary breakers and record holders, risk-takers and change makers, the role models and the standard setters. Inspired by the stories of Singapore’s outstanding women? Why not get a copy of one of the books, so you can read more about them, and about women’s contributions to Singapore.

If you’re interested in getting a copy of one of our books, please contact us at 6837 0611 or email us at