The Exemplary Mother Award started in 1993 with the Wee Kim Wee Shield which was presented to Jamiyah by the late former president Wee Kim Wee.
From 1993 to 2004, twelve mothers were honoured for their perseverance in enduring hardship and sacrifices in raising their children. They toiled throughout the early years of their life to provide a better future for their children, in terms of education and well-being. The Wee Kim Wee shield completed its 12 rounds in 2004.
In May 2004, His Excellency President SR Nathan, the criteria for selection of the Exemplary Mother will include her contribution towards community service in addition to her ability to balance career and family.