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Don't take no for an answer

Yeoh Choo Guan, the chief executive of UBS Securities, has had the phone slammed on her before she secured a client.

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On the contentious issue of gender pay gap, Ms Yeoh had assumptions of men being paid more than women in her younger days as a junior manager but she realised that many of her assumptions were wrong. To her, if the firm's culture is right, the gender divide won't be felt.

WOMEN have come a long way since the 1900s. From living in largely suppressed and patriarchal societies to becoming more empowered in their fight for gender equality today, women have much to be proud of.

Today, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrating its 106th year.

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