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Guerrilla – Door of Hope: Women in History

This 25 March 2017, Guerrilla will reignite the fervour of International Womens Day by exhibiting the museums latest featured exhibit, Door of Hope: Women in History. The exhibit explores the history of the Door of Hope dolls and highlights the inspirational story of the young women and girls who created them.

Accompanying the exhibition is Pocket Quotes, a series of activities that revolve around inspirational quotes about and by women.

Visitors can choose to pen down their inspirational quotes on pocket-sized cards or select pocket-sized folders filled with secret quotes to take home.

Pocket Quotes aims to highlight not just the power of words, but the act of writing itself in influencing change and empowering the lives of women, much like the Door of Hope dolls. The dolls began as a project spearheaded by the missionary group, Door of Hope, in 1920s Shanghai aimed at teaching sewing skills to young women and girls who were abandoned and living in impoverished conditions. The girls learnt how to sew the clothes of the dolls, which were then sold, providing them with a source of income. These dolls functioned not only as a tool of empowerment, but became also a symbol of hope, unwavering courage and determination amidst a socio-political and cultural environment that chose to erase them.

The dolls symbolize not only hope for the girls, but with each intricate design and sewing work, the dolls highlight the girls unwavering courage and determination.

Door of Hope: Women in History features unique twenty-five Door of Hope dolls, each donning a different apparel based on the local traditional wear of the time.

Admission is free



Date: Mar 25 - Mar 25 2017
Time: 06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Price: Free


26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382