There was a time when women were associated just with the kitchen and other household chores while men were supposed to go out to work. In the early sixties, the idea of a working woman was a matter of debate. But with time, everything has changed, the mentality of people towards women and the mentality of women towards THEMSELVES.
Women are not just restricted to their houses or professional roles, but are brave and empowered, and are willing to triumph over every obstacle that comes by.
And that is what I have for all you readers today, a list of women who excel in the professions that were supposed to be conceived just by men.
It is not a competition, it's about being on the same page.
Yes! A female coolie.
Meet Sandhya Marawi, a 30-year-old woman who is breaking the stereotypes. She works at Katni Junction, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh lugging bags of passengers.
The only woman among 40 men, Sandhya is working to fulfill the daily needs of her family of three kids. According to India Times, she has been working at the station since January 2017 after her husband passed away.
Who would have thought that a woman who comes from the state of Haryana, known for its conservative attitude would one day become an inspiration for us all? Kavita Devi has broken all the boundaries and is the first Indian woman to represent the country at World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.
Being a surfer in India is itself something unusual. And becoming the first woman to opt for that profession is something that definitely goes against the quintessential image. Meet Ishita Malaviya, a journalism student who blazed a new trail for women by pursuing a career as a surfer. According to NDTV, she runs a Shaka Surf Club in Manipal, Karnataka.
Being a bartender is no doubt a male-dominated profession, and Shatbhi Basu is the first Indian woman to opt for that. According to Economic Times, she is in the business for past 35 years.
With the growing number of women bartenders in the country, French Alcobev maker Remy Cointreau started India's first women's bartending competition in 2015.
When we hear the word Army for the first time, the image that comes to our mind is that of a male soldier. But there are women in the country who are willing to change this perception.
On the left is Lt Col Sophia Qureshi of the Corps of Signals who became the first Indian woman to represent the country in an International Military exercise. According to India Times, she was the only woman continent commander among all the nations.
Now, on the right is Punita Arora, the first woman in India to don the second highest rank, i.e., Lieutenant General of Indian Armed Forces. Sources say that she is also the first female Vice-Admiral of Indian Navy.
The first woman to become a Disc Jockey in the country is Kary Arora who began her career in 1997. According to IMDb, she is ranked fifth on the list of female music composer in Bollywood industry. She made a mark in Bollywood with her lyrics, music composition, rapping and grunge singing.
There is an old belief in the Indian Air Force that having a woman pilot can hamper the 'tight fighter-flying schedule' in case she gets married or has children.
But there are women who are breaking the stereotypes and undergoing fighter plane training under IAF, reports The Times Of India. Meet Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh who will be seen flying to new heights in supersonic fighter jets all alone. This will happen for the first time in the country.
A hat, a long black coat, magnifying glass in one hand and virtual calculations working in the mind, a sharply molded mustache... Oh sorry! The detective I am talking about is a woman.
Yes, meet Rajani Pandit, an Indian private investigator who is considered to be the first woman private investigator in the state of Maharashtra. According to Huffington Post, she is the first woman in India to get into this field.
Gone are the days when people cheered Johnny Lever and Raju Shrivastava replacing them are the women who have been making people laugh with their wit and humour.
Standing on a stage and willing to change the way women are perceived, this is what standup comedians like Aditi Mittal, Bharti Singh and Mallika Dua, etc. are up to.
"Women cannot protect themselves, but now they are capable enough to protect you."
I believe this says it all.
Now women are seen as guards at places, around celebrities and even at events. This proves that women have mustered up the courage to protect themselves and also take responsibility for the crowd.
To all the people who believe driving is not meant for women, I hope this image makes it all clear. Like all the mentioned profession, driving is something that used to be a man's field, but now there are women who have taken up driving as a thrill in their lives.
M Vasanthakumari is said to be Asia's first woman bus driver. In a conversation with TOI, she revealed how she decided to hit the road because it was the only way she could support her family. And there are women cab drivers like Shanno Begum, a single mother who came into the profession to fulfill the needs of her kids' education.
There's a wise saying that a woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. So true. Because nothing can stop a woman if she decides to win over the world.
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