Ladies, need a role model? We share inspiring women above 40 who we look up to.

We live in a blessed time. There’s no shortage of empowering female role models to look up to, if we so wish and they aren’t just young vivacious opinionated Gen Y millennials of our time, but mature ladies who show you it’s completely possible to live an inspiring life past the fiercely spirited youthful years. Age is but a number and its time we recognize and celebrate that.

DIANE KEATON

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Unmarried ladies and ladies with no wish to justify why you’re not married to the general public, your conservative community, married friends or parents, she’s the woman to look up to. Unabashedly unapologetic about being a mature woman at 69 and unmarried, the iconic Diane Keaton is THE poster girl for proudly single women everywhere when she reportedly said in 2001, “That old maid myth is garbage.” Nevertheless, living life single didn’t stop her from being a parent and she is the adoptive mother of two children (she did so at 55).
In the course of living life with passion and with little worry about her age, Diane Keaton is not only a successful actress in the 70s when she shot to fame, but is still relevant acting in the timeless string of Godfather movies and romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give, but also a best-selling New York Times author of “Then Again”, a memoir of her mother and herself, and most recently she has written “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” a witty reflection on the realities of ageing.

SHERYL SANDBERG

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Sheryl Sandberg is a powerful leader who just happens to be a woman. The Facebook COO was on Fortune’s “The Most Powerful Women in Business 2014” list and one of the highest paid in there to boot. The author of inspirational book “Lean In” thinks there are too few women leaders in the world and wrote her book to encourage women to aim higher at the workplace.  She also famously said, “This is personal. This is about me

not wanting little girls to be called bossy.” She may have faced criticism for diving straight back to work with only slight adjustments to her schedule immediately upon her husband’s passing, but this strong woman showed her vulnerability and self awareness in a moving account at the end of sheloshim, a thirty-day period of mourning. Read this powerful account here.

Cynthia Chua

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Did you know that Singapore’s beauty and F&B powerhouse, Spa Esprit Group, is founded and owned by business woman, Cynthia Chua? Successful brands that grew under her leadership include Skinny Pizza, Common Man Coffee Roasters, Tiong Bahru Bakery Browhaus, Strip, Qi Mantra and the list goes on… The incredibly rapid expansion following her foray into both F&B and beauty has built her an empire and it all began with her desire to empower Asian women through providing them with a means to celebrate
  and love their bodies – ultimately for themselves. With that vision, a foreign concept of Brazillian waxing is now commonplace in cosmopolitant Singapore. As one of Singapore’s most outstanding entreprenuers, Cynthia Chua proves that while Singaporeans may show preference for established big international names, carving out a strong local brand and service is not impossible if you’ve got your eyes on the prize.

For a more local take on inspiring ladies who have made a difference to the community in Singapore, check out the “Leading Ladies Women Making a Difference” exhibition at the National Museum.

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The exhibition pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service, specifically from the mid-19th century onwards. Discover the leading groups of women, some missionaries, while others were wives and daughters of prominent Chinese business leaders, and the role they played in building Singapore. Expect to see personal artefacts from early members of the Chinese Women’s Association which include Mrs Lee Choon Guan, Madam Violet Woo and Mrs May Wong.

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Details

Date: 9 April to 21 June 2015
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Price: Free Admission

For further enquiries, please email nhb_nm_hospitality@nhb.gov.sg or call +65 6332 3659 (hotline opened between 10:00am – 7:00pm).

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