Stay-at-home mums are not 'freeloaders'

Stay-at-home mums are not 'freeloaders'

Two years ago, I was doing research for my TEDxWomen talk and I asked a 17-year-old student whether he thought his future wife would work. Having been raised by a strong, successful single mother, he replied "yes" without skipping a beat.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 4:23am 1 comment

First thoughts

Ms Mak, 35, housewife

I'm surprised Donald Tsang mentioned special care for the physically impaired. I have no recollection of him saying anything about this in the past two years. How rare.

Lee Lok-sze, 16, student

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Should family members receive a wage for the work they do at home?

Charmain Li, 17, Sha Tin College

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mothers in alms

Could Hong Kong's Jamie Oliver be found among the housewives of Tin Shui Wai? Impoverished new town estates aren't usually known as crucibles of culinary flair, but a neighbourhood scheme may uncover hidden talent.

5 May 2009 - 12:00am

Asians rely on state for answers: Lee Kuan Yew

NGOs did not flourish in Asian countries where people looked to governments to solve their problems, Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said yesterday.

The founding father of the city state made the comments yesterday in conversation with former US president Bill Clinton and during a question-and-answer session afterwards.

3 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Practice of house husbands forbidden in Islam, say clerics

Several influential Islamic clerics in Malaysia say the practice of house husbands - men who stay home to do housework while their wives work at the office - is un-Islamic and should be prevented.

The ruling could hamper government policies to encourage men to take on a larger share of family chores.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

From housewife to battling for a place in the workforce

For seven years, Ms Ng pretended not to know her husband had another wife on the mainland.

The 52-year-old housewife could not afford to lose the sole breadwinner for her family, so she and her children feigned ignorance and suffered.

8 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

History on a plate

What do laid-off workers and bored housewives have in common? Lots of time. That is why people from both groups have been signing up for cookery classes at the Guangzhou Tourist Institute.

19 May 2004 - 12:00am

Important for housewives to balance work and family life

More and more women go out to work these days.

The kind of jobs they take, depends on their age and educational level.

Many of these former housewives are 40 to 50 years old. Most of them work as cleaning ladies and office assistants.

28 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Views on women vitriolic and misguided

Once again Mina Kaye has left me sputtering in disbelief after reading her letter headlined, 'Today's women motivated by pure greed' (South China Morning Post, October 9).

15 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Dual role feasible for women

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Women must stay at home', by Hung Man-wo Raymond (South China Morning Post, September 4).

21 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Woman can work and care for her children

I refer to the letter headlined 'Women must stay at home', by Hung Man-wo Raymond (South China Morning Post, September 4).

After I read the letter, I felt so disappointed. Why are women always discriminated against? Mr Hung believes women should stay at home to raise children and maintain a clean and comfortable home.

14 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Housewife poll move

THE Government was yesterday charged with discriminating against Hong Kong's housewives by barring them from the new functional constituency elections.

Speaking for the United Front for Women, Cheung Chor-ying said it was ridiculous that housewives were not allowed to vote in the functional constituency polls while foreign domestic workers were.

22 May 1995 - 12:00am

Class action

INSIDE the classroom in Choi Hung, 20 out of 21 students are middle-aged housewives. The women's educational background ranges from primary school to Form Five but they are all learning Chinese word processing to help them get back to work.

1 Mar 1994 - 12:00am