Women in Action: The Malay Women’s Movement from the Late 1920s to the 1970s


The Library is excited to host a travelling exhibition by the Malay Heritage Centre which gives voice to a unique part of Singapore’s history of Malay women and their endeavours. This exhibition runs from 1 October to 2 November 2018, located at the Library’s exhibition space.

About the exhibition

In its fourth installment of the annual Malay Pioneer exhibition series, the Malay Heritage Centre presents a new travelling exhibition, Women in Action, that introduces the brief but fascinating history of the Malay women’s right movement in Singapore. Take a trip through time to learn about the struggles undertaken and breakthroughs by the pioneering organisations and tenacious women in the Malay community between the 1930s and 1970s, to achieve rights in various areas such as education, marriage and divorce rights, and entertainment.

Women In Action attempts to recover this forgotten history of the Malay women’s movement between the late 1920s to the 1970s. Time travel back into an era complete with political rallies, beauty pageants and pulp magazines and rediscover the vision of the women’s movement through the lens of organisations and individuals such as the Angkatan Wanita Sedar (AWAS), the Women’s Section of the Kesatuan Melayu Singapura (KMS) and others.

Synopsis provided by the Malay Heritage Centre.