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Women Who Broke Stereotypes and Challenged Professional Norms In The Country!

Jun 20, 2018

Women Who Broke Stereotypes and Challenged Professional Norms In The Country!
Women Who Broke Stereotypes and Challenged Professional Norms In The Country!

We live in times where the issue of gender disparity in all fields is being widely discussed. Be it the pay difference between men and women or the glass ceiling, there is definitely widespread awareness about how gender equality is a pressing need today.

However, do all these discussions and protests translate to equality in real-life? Especially in India, is all this talk making an actual difference to common women? These are questions that need to be answered, because, that is true progress. We still see parents who worry about their daughter’s marriage more than her career.

We still see the general attitude that a woman’s career is really a glorified hobby and that she will quit working once she gets married or has children. Some professions are termed ‘safe’ for women while others are not. This attitude among the people of the society is a bane.

The word "feminism" is quite popular but a shift in the general mindset is yet to come. To bring about this shift, there are women who are working hard in their respective careers and making the world look at them.

Women are working their way up to break all these stereotypes and are setting examples of what real feminism is. It is not to prove a point that these women are donning unconventional roles, on the contrary, they are doing exactly what their hearts want and are smashing gender-discrimination in the process.

Let us take a look at some “unconventional” professions of the new-age women in India.

Credit: The Hindu
Credit: The Hindu

Prema Ramappa

To anyone who says women are bad drivers, Prema has given the reply. This gutsy lady drives a government bus in Bangalore and is the first one to take up this job.

Credit: The Better India
Credit: The Better India

Surekha Yadav            

Public transport has been always termed unsafe for women. But, looks like that is about to change. Surekha is a loco pilot; she drives trains and broke all misconceptions when she became the first woman loco pilot three decades back!

Credit: Vikhroli Cucina
Credit: Vikhroli Cucina

Shatbhi Basu

Women and alcohol are not supposed to mix according to a section of our society. But, this woman’s spirits could not be tamed, quite literally. She is the country’s first female bartender.

Credit: Deccan Chronicle
Credit: Deccan Chronicle

Mithali Raj

She is the superstar of women’s cricket in India and that says a lot about how many stereotypes she has broken. In a country where women are advised not to go out in the sun for the fear of a dark complexion, Mithali has surely given hope for aspiring sportswomen.

Credit: Times of India
Credit: Times of India

Rajani Pandit

Rajani is an example of pure guts taking over any gender discrimination. She is India’s first private detective and a great one at that!

Credit: The Better India
Credit: The Better India

Harshini Kanhekar

She is a real trailblazer for women and is showing that nothing is impossible just because of your gender. Harshini is India's first woman firefighter! 

Credit: Youtube
Credit: Youtube

Tessy Thomas

This simple looking lady is the missile woman of India. Tessy Thomas is an Indian scientist and the first Indian woman to head a missile project in the country!

Credit: The Wire
Credit: The Wire

Puja Thakur

Puja Thakur is an IAF officer who is the first woman to lead the ceremonial Guard of Honour for former U.S. President Barack Obama. 

Credit: Herald Magazine
Credit: Herald Magazine

Shareen Ratnagar

Archaeology is a highly male-dominated field. But, Shareen Ratnagar changed that idea by becoming one of the most respected archaeologists of the country.

Credit: BBC News
Credit: BBC News

Avani Sabade

While women in our country are discouraged to play any sport, rugby is something that is completely out of the picture. Despite this, young Avani has become the captain of the first ever Indian women rugby team and is creating new dreams for the girls of the country.