08 Mar '11, 9am

Is there gender equality in Singapore?

As a young woman in Singapore, I enjoy many luxuries. I can walk the streets alone at night and still feel safe; I have access to clean water and food; I can vote (if ever given the opportunity to) and I have access to education. In theory, I have the same opportunities as a man my age. Ideas of gender and how society views men and women differently were planted in my mind during my studies at the University of Melbourne. It was only after I graduated, returned to Singapore and began looking for my first job that I realise: Things for me and my male counterparts aren't so equal after all. I was applying to the National Institute of Education to become a teacher, and saw that the pay scale was different depending on your gender. Regardless of job performance or experience, men earn more, to make up for the fact that they serve mandatory National Service. A little more resea...

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