The year was 1965. We stood on the brink of change. Change so massive that people said we wouldn’t make it. But we did.
What was it that allowed us to rise above and ride the winds of change? We believe it’s an unwavering commitment to our pledge. To embrace our differences as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion.
As we progress as a nation, let us go beyond. Not just regardless of the differences we recite in our pledge, but regardless of gender, class and ability too.
Because there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in the last 54 years. It’s the way we embrace change. Together.
Here’s a video that celebrates the inspiring women who led us on this journey of change.
Introducing our Founding Mothers.
War heroine, politician and teacher
The unshakeable, fearless Elizabeth ‘Gunner Choy’ got her nickname while serving in the Singapore Volunteer Corps. Her resilience and courage later helped her endure 193 days of torture without breaking during the Japanese Occupation. After the war, she continued to make a difference in the lives of Singaporeans through her work in politics and education.
Philanthropist and one of Singapore’s first businesswomen in the 1800s
One of Singapore’s first businesswomen, Hajjah Fatimah single-handedly took over her late husband’s business and turned it into a booming steamship and sailboat-based trading operation. She also gave back to her community generously by building houses for the poor and constructing a mosque (now known as Masjid Hajjah Fatimah).
Social worker, women’s rights activist and lecturer
Checha Davies defied convention to advance the status of women in Singapore. Through her work for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), she truly lived by the motto of ‘by love serve one another’, even selling her home to ensure the completion of the YWCA hostel for low-income women.
Learn more about them and other amazing women whose contributions changed our lives in Singapore.
Today, there are various groups leading our nation on this journey of change. At StarHub, we are privileged to be part of this journey to embrace our differences too. Be part of this change in helping them make a difference in the lives of our fellow Singaporeans.
SACS Integrated Employment Services
SACS Integrated Employment Services helps those with mental health conditions sustain steady employment so that they are able to reintegrate into the community and regain their sense of self-worth.
In partnership with Community Chest, SACS Integrated Employment Services is a programme supported by StarHub.
Metta School helps children with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders to gain an academic foundation and functional skills to lead independent, fulfilling lives.
In partnership with Community Chest, Metta School is a programme supported by StarHub.
Nurture prepares children in need for success by giving them equal access to education - through a 40-week community Communications and Problem-Solving programme that builds their confidence and guides them to become self-directed learners.
Radin Mas Primary School
Tanjong Katong Primary School
Xingnan Primary School
Central Singapore Community Development Council
National Heritage Board
Singapore Council of Women's Organisations