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SINGAPORE – From making headway in Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to breaking traditional gender norms, many women in Singapore and around the world have overcome adversity to achieve their dreams, once thought to be out of reach.

Others bravely stood up for what they felt was right, despite facing backlash and danger.

The Straits Times highlights stories of eight inspirational women ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday.

2. First female Singaporean to play in a European league

Danelle Tan in her club’s kit after making her debut on Sunday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DANELLE TAN

Danelle Tan, 18, became the first Singaporean woman to play in a European football league in February when she came on as a half-time substitute for London Bees in their 2-1 defeat by Plymouth Argyle.

She moved to London for her studies in 2022, and registered with the Bees after impressing them in a trial. She will play for them till the season ends in May.

Tan is the first Singaporean to be accepted into a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I football programme in the United States, where she will join the College of William and Mary on a part athletic scholarship in 2024.

She is also the youngest player to score for the Singapore women’s team after converting a penalty in a 2-1 loss to Timor Leste at the 2019 Asean Football Federation Women’s Championship. The then 14-year-old was making her senior competitive debut.

READ MORE HERE: Football: Danelle Tan, 18, becomes first female Singaporean to play in a European league