Leading Ladies: Women Making a Difference pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service, specifically from the mid-19th century onwards.
Despite coming from different walks of life, these women shared the common goal of helping those in need. They championed causes, lent their stature, and devoted their time and energy to improving the lives of many.
The leading groups of women then included missionaries and the wives and daughters of prominent Chinese business leaders. The former set up schools, medical and social services, while the latter formed the Chinese Ladies' Association in 1915, becoming the very first local women’s organisation in Singapore. The organisation was later renamed the Chinese Women's Association.
The highlights of this exhibition include personal artefacts from the early members of the association such as Mrs Lee Choon Guan, Madam Violet Woo and Mrs May Wong. Beautiful and intricate cheongsams owned by the current members will also be featured.