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IN People ON 25 Nov, 2016
Woman...What comes to your mind when you hear this word? You will be flooded with thoughts the moment this word hits your ears.
A woman is a creator, destroyer and nurturer. She is an epitome of dedication, love, care and strength. She is the one to bring balance in life.
From being a bouncer to a truck mechanic to a bus driver to a fitness trainer, these women are shaking the stereotypes around them. It takes immense guts to stand against the odds and pursue what these firefighters have pursued. It was their beliefs that propelled them to head on the less trodden paths. They are the epitomes of "she believed she could, so she did".
Have a look at how they managed to reach where they are today.
Along with her husband Ram Bahadur, Shanti Devi works at their tyre workshop in SGTN (Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar) in Delhi. She says that she can easily manage the household chores and the job of a mechanic. SGTN is the largest trucking stopover point in Asia. At any given time there are over 70,000 trucks parked at SGTN.
She says "I believe a woman can do any job if she has a passion for it. Men still look at me with surprise and interest as I go about my job. I find it quite strange to see people looking at me with surprise when I am replacing truck tyres. But to me, there's no such thing as a job for men or a job for women exclusively. I believe in following my heart. I do not adhere to parameters set by others".
Hats off to Shanti Devi to have such contemporary beliefs.
Dressed from top to bottom in black, Mehr-un-Nisa is there to stand for the safety of women in the club, Social. Becoming a bouncer was not a bed-full-of-roses job for her. She had to convince her family and friends to work as a bouncer. Grown up in Saharanpur, who thought that the teenager would soon become a bouncer in a cafe?
She says, "I do not think that a bouncer's job is a disrespectable job. Whoever I tell that I am a bouncer is proud of my job". She feels that the society must not judge girls who go to drink or party. She said, "They come here to have a good time. As men come here, so do women. It is an equal place." She thinks that this job has brought dignity back to her otherwise distraught life. Good luck Mehr-un-Nisa! There is a long way for you to go.
What are gender barriers? Saritha must be wondering. She is the first woman bus driver at DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation). She is flawless while she takes dangerous turns and slams brakes in traffic. She has to handle millions of gazes everyday as she speeds around the city of Delhi in her bus. But her parents are proud of her job, she says, "My father is happy with the fact that I will have the distinction of being the first female DTC driver in the country's capital. But my mother is quite apprehensive".
Initially, she worked as a private chauffeur in South Delhi, before DTC roped her in. A dexterous driver, Saritha says, "I wanted to send out a message that a woman can do any job that a man can". On donning the manly look she says, "I know I hardly look like a woman. My father, a farmer, does not have a son, so he raised me like a son, always encouraging me to keep my hair short, wear shirts and trousers."
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Hope this article gives more power to women and informs men that we want them and not need them. Share this article and inspire your near ones!
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