Why is there a presumption that Singaporean women are somehow inferior to men when it comes to leadership?
Most of the Singaporean women I have met are highly suited to such a cause; intelligent, articulate and with a passion to make the country succeed. Some like Mdm Halimah Yacob (who I watched on local television) are already in politics and others I have met professionally are not, but should be encouraged to be.
You may well ask why I pose this question in the first place?
There has been a report today in TodayOnline which covers a recorded conversation with PM Lee. In it he is reported as saying:
“I think Singapore will have to get used to the idea that you have people come in, you have a leader who has not been there quite such a long time, you have to operate in a different sort of way but he can make it work”.
The issue I have is with the last part of the statement “he can make it work.”
Now while I realise that this is but a small snippet of a broader conversation about leadership succession (and probably a Freudian slip), one would like to think that field will remain open for female candidates to take the reins in the future.
And that future might be as the next Prime Minister after the incumbent, Lee Hsien Loong, steps down.