In the past 20 years since its return, Hong Kong has witnessed all-round development and prosperity with the great support of the Central Government of China.
Now, the so-called Pearl of the Orient is more booming and encouraging than ever before.
Among the 7 million HK compatriots, women have made outstanding contributions-no less so than the following individuals from the fields of politics, science, sports and entertainment.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
The newly-inaugurated, first-ever female chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor [Women Voice]
Since joining the government in 1980, Lam has served in Hong Kong for 36 years. She is known for being resourceful in mind and resolute in action.
On March 26, Lam was elected as the fifth chief executive of the HKSAR with the highest number of votes.
On July 1, Lam took the oath of office and pledged to serve people with pragmatism and build a better Hong Kong for the next generation.
Rita Fan Hsu Lai Tai
First female president of the HK Legislative Council
Rita Fan Hsu Lai Tai [Women Voice]
Rita Fan Hsu Lai Tai was elected president of the Provisional Legislative Council of HK in 1997 and subsequently elected as president of the Legislative Council for three consecutive terms.
Fan was elected as a deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) of HKSAR from 1998-2008 and has served as a member of the NPC Standing Committee since 2008.
Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun
HK's first leader of a major international organization
Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun [Women Voice]
In 1978, Margaret Chan joined the Hong Kong government and was promoted as the first female director of the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1994. Chan has served the community for more than 25 years.
In 2006, with the recommendation of the Chinese government, Chan served as the director-general of the World Health Organization, and was re-elected in 2012.
HK's first winner of UNESCO Women in Science Award
Nancy Ip [Women Voice]
Nancy Ip is an internationally renowned neurologist; academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); foreign academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.; and professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In 2004, for her important discoveries in molecular growth control, molecule identification and other fields, Nancy was conferred the UNESCO Women in Science Award, which is dubbed the "Women's Nobel Prize".
Rebecca Lee Lok-sze
HK's first female polar explorer
Rebecca Lee Lok-sze [Women Voice]
Rebecca Lee Lok-sze is a polar explorer and environmental educator from Hong Kong.
Lee was invited to join the National Antarctic Expedition in 1985 to help promote China's first scientific research station in Antarctica, and she is also devoted to the cause of environmentalism.
First actress to win top award at three major film festivals
Maggie Cheung [Women Voice]
In 1983, Maggie Cheung entered the entertainment circle after winning Miss HK Runner-Up. In 1992, she won the award for Best Actress at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival, the 12th Hong Kong Film Festival and the 28th Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival, respectively, for the film Center Stage.
In 2004, she won the award for Best Actress at Cannes for the French film Childstar, and became the only Chinese performer to have won the title of Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
HK's first Olympic gold medalist
Lee Lai-shan [Women Voice]
Lee Lai-shan is a Hong Kong windsurfing athlete. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, she won the first Olympic gold medal in windsurfing in HK's history and thus was dubbed "Queen of the Wind".
Lee Wai Sze
HK's first world champion in women's cycling
|Lee Wai Sze [Women Voice]|
Lee Wai Sze is a cyclist from Hong Kong who has been dubbed "Female Cycling Master from lower Ngau Tau Kok".
In February 2013, she won the gold medal at the women's 500m race at the World Cycling Championships, and she is Hong Kong's first world champion in the women's cycling competition and the only one who has qualified to wear a rainbow jersey.
Kei Chiong Ka-kei
HK's sole in-service female jockey
|Kei Chiong Ka-kei [Women Voice]|
Kei Chiong Ka-kei was the fifth female apprentice jockey to obtain a license from the Hong Kong Jockey Club. In April 2016, she became the first female to notch a four-timer at Happy Valley Racecourse and one month later, she became HK's highest-ever-performing female jockey.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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