It takes a vil­lage to raise a child… and sim­i­larly, there have been so many peo­ple who have con­tributed to this magazine since it was launched. We asked some of these women to share their thoughts on The Weekly as she cel­e­brates her 20th

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

At the time we launched The Sin­ga­pore Women’s Weekly in 1997, the brand was one of the most in­flu­en­tial mag­a­zines of its genre in the world, noted for recog­nis­ing a wo­man could be pas­sion­ate about, say, a ca­reer, pol­i­tics and her own self-es­teem with­out sac­ri­fic­ing her own – or so­ci­ety’s – ex­pec­ta­tions about her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at the heart of the fam­ily. Sin­ga­pore women were al­ready bal­anc­ing these myr­iad roles and more, whether for self-ful­fill­ment or eco­nomic need. The Sin­ga­pore Women’s Weekly set out to sup­port them on their jour­ney, with re­spect, un­der­stand­ing and an in­tel­li­gent take on con­struc­tive ideas to make life’s ev­ery­day chal­lenges just that lit­tle bit eas­ier. Twenty years on, the magazine’s pop­u­lar­ity as a trusted ref­er­ence point re­mains – de­fined as much by its vi­brant au­di­ence as the peo­ple who have crafted its rel­e­vance. – Julie Sher­born, then-CEO, ACP Pte Ltd, which launched the ti­tle in 1997

Iwas with The Weekly for six years. In ad­di­tion to sub-edit­ing du­ties, I was also in charge of the Share a Se­cret page. Read­ers would call in to share their most per­sonal sto­ries, which we would pub­lish un­der a pseu­do­nym. It was amaz­ing to see the level of trust they put in us, but it showed that they saw a best friend in the magazine. The Weekly not only brings women the lat­est news, fea­tures and tips to lead ful­fill­ing lives at home, work and on the so­cial front, but also lis­tens to them, be it to their darkest se­crets or to their lifestyle needs and wants. This re­mains one of the keys to the magazine’s suc­cess. Happy birth­day! – Melissa Gail Anes­rif, Sub-Editor then Pro­duc­tion Editor, 2000-2006

The Great Women Of Our Time ini­tia­tive con­tin­ues to be an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of the in­spir­ing sto­ries that The

Sin­ga­pore Women’s Weekly has al­ways ex­celled at. What is fan­tas­tic about the awards is that it recog­nises and hon­ours not just one su­per­woman, but some of the most in­spir­ing women in Sin­ga­pore. It makes for a wider, fairer and more nu­anced play­ing field, al­low­ing dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and suc­cess sto­ries to shine. - Denyse Yeo, Deputy Editor 2008-2009

Real peo­ple sto­ries were part of my beat when I first joined the magazine. One of my first as­sign­ments was an in­ter­view with the wife of a Sin­ga­porean man who had been kid­napped in the Philip­pines, where he worked. Con­tro­ver­sially at the time, she paid the ran­som and got her hus­band home safely, but she was crit­i­cised for hav­ing made the wrong move and jeop­ar­dis­ing police ef­forts. In­ter­view­ing the cou­ple in their home was a priv­i­lege as they had turned down other in­ter­views. Later, they told me it was our an­gle of telling the story from the wo­man’s point of view, as wife and mother, that made them agree to speak to us, This was and still is The Weekly’s forte: Putting the mod­ern work­ing wo­man’s per­spec­tive and needs first. – Jane Ngiam, Fea­tures Editor, Deputy Editor then Editor, 2001-2008

Iwas at a din­ner and some­one said, ‘My fam­ily has eaten a lot of great meals us­ing recipes from The Sin­ga­pore Women’s

Weekly!’ So we have been part of the most in­ti­mate mo­ments of that fam­ily. And that’s spe­cial. Of­ten it’s the lit­tle things adding up that cre­ate last­ing trust. But I think the best days of The

Weekly are ahead and this Steve Jobs quote sums it up: “You can’t con­nect the dots look­ing for­ward; you can only con­nect them look­ing back­wards. So you have to trust that the dots will some­how con­nect in your fu­ture.” – Tara Barker, Editor-in-Chief, 1997-2015

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