Only 17% of S’porean women pursuing childhood dreams and are satisfied with life: Survey


21 June 2016

In today’s societies, the roles and duties of women have doubled. Apart from the traditional roles of being a mother and wife that involve tending to household chores and child-rearing, women today also need to be strong career women. This is especially true in Singapore, where most families are dual-income.

With the pressures of life, do our Singaporean women have the freedom to pursue their dreams and are they satisfied with their lives?

Statistics from the SK-II Global Dreams Index Survey reveal that not many are.

The SK-II Global Dreams Index Survey gathered views from 5400 women in 14 countries across six continents and showed that 50% of all women globally are becoming less satisfied with their lives as they grow older.

A deeper look

The survey reveals that many women do not work in jobs that produce satisfaction for them. Around two-thirds, or 66% of Singaporean women are not satisfied with their current jobs.

Only 23% reported to be pursuing their childhood dreams and are satisfied with their lives.

When it comes to currently pursuing their childhood dreams and enjoying job satisfaction, only 17% of Singaporean women claimed to have achieved that.

The survey reveals that compared to when they were a child, 45% of women stated that they have less dreams and wishes. As they grow older, Singaporean women are also dreaming less.

Obstacles to the pursuit of dreams

A top reason given when asked what stops them from pursuing their childhood dreams, many of them said “limited financial support”. 53% said that they did not pursue their dreams as a result of the lack of finances.

The next top reason that stopped women from pursuing their childhood dream was that their dreams did not fit into the traditional definition of success. 23% of Singaporean women said that was one obstacle that stops them from pursuing their childhood dreams.

Further, the survey also shows that the roles of being a wife or a mother also act as obstacles to the pursuit of dreams. 19% quoted “became a mother” and 14% quoted “got married” as reasons for not pursuing their childhood dreams.

Aside from external pressures, one-fifth (19%) of Singaporean women said the “fear to step out of comfort zone” was something that stopped them from pursuing their childhood dreams.

How do we compare?

On a global scale, 50% of the women report to be happy and satisfied with their lives and pursuing their dreams, with no significant difference found across the various age groups.

Asian counterparts in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, report statistics of 30 to 40% being happy, satisfied and are also pursuing their dreams.

In contrast, in developing Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, women there cite similar levels of satisfaction as those in the UK and US, with an average of 60 to 70% of women from these countries are happy and satisfied and pursuing their dreams.