From Zomato delivery to a driving rickshaw, list of women challenging male-dominated jobs
We have often come across this line once in our life
“Ye ladies ke bas ki baat Nhi Hai”
Women especially in India are stereotyped with certain jobs and professions, especially the odd ones. Some various sectors and services are still dominated by men as they require certain technical skills or need to be more brawn. According to patriarchy, females are fragile in terms of physical strength and better to take light jobs.
But some women in India have successfully burst the bubble and giving tough competition in male-dominated jobs.
Introducing 3 such women challenging male-dominated jobs
Nation wants to know,
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Bishnupriya Swain – 1st Zomato food delivery girl of Orissa
Bishnupriya Swain, a student in Cuttack, Odisha, picked food delivery work after her father lost job.
"I was taking tuitions. During #COVID19 We were facing financial issues. I joined Zomato to support my education and family," she said.
— Satvik Singh (@SatvikS54732390) June 10, 2021
Covid-19 pandemic has hurled adversities on many, but some were not ready to bow down.
The utter will to overcome life’s challenges motivated Bishnupriya Swain of Orrisa to crush stereotypes.
To fulfil her and her family’s needs, Bishnupriya decided to become a part-time Zomato delivery agent.
This 18-year-old was often seen riding her motorcycle during the lockdown. And delivering food in and around Silver City.
Bishnupriya is a plus 2 second-year student in a Cuttack-based college. This job helps her to finance her education as she aims to become a doctor.
Swain says, “Supporting a family of seven members is not an easy task, but I want to help in every possible way.”She added that if one is scared of adversities, they could never be able to grow and achieve their goals. Earlier she used to provide tuitions, but during the lockdown, she had to find alternate ways to sustain. Bishnuriya’s self-reliant attitude has helped her to maintain a schedule to balance her studies ad work. She believes that if a person takes responsibility for their own time, they can overcome all hardships.
Don’t panic if she is a mechanic
Telangana only women mechanic- Adilaxmi
The story of beautiful, strong and an inspiration for many – Adilaxmi and her family. God bless them pic.twitter.com/IeCMs88bEV
— Kavitha Kalvakuntla (@RaoKavitha) January 31, 2021
This woman from Telangana is known for three things:
Her command in the kitchen; her garage skills; and being the only female mechanic in Telangana
Adilaxmi, 30, is known for her skills in the workshop and being the only woman mechanic in entire #Telangana.#Adilaxmi fixing a truck tyre at their mechanic shop at Sujatha Nagar in #Kothagudem district.
— 𝐒𝐚𝐪𝐢𝐛 𝐀𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐝 🇮🇳 | ثاقب احمد (@SaqibbAhmed) January 19, 2021
The 30-year-old started learning the work to help her husband and is now an expert in this so-called odd job.
A mother of two, Adilaxmi runs a tire repair shop with her husband Y. Veerabhadram. The couple has set up a mechanic and welding shop in 2016 on a mortgaged amount of Rs. 1 lakh. Initially, people doubt her capabilities but her dedication proved them wrong. Now, the shop operates 24 hours and 7 days a week. She is quite popular among locals. Adilaxmi is a perfect example of why there should be no gender barrier to any work.
Nari ki Sawari
Bhopal’s first female auto-rickshaw driver- Talat Jahan
Meet Bhopal’s first female auto-rickshaw driver, Talat Jahan. Her journey in auto-rickshaw begins with a traumatic past. Before becoming an auto-rickshaw chalak, she survived domestic abuse.
Talat Jahan got married in 2013. But soon her husband’s family comes up with more demands of dowry from her.
Jahan and her parents first tried speaking to her in-laws. But in-laws remained adamant on their dowry demands and to humiliate the victim. Later Talat reported them to the police also but the harassment continues.
In 2016, somebody told her about the Gaurav, a shelter and support for sexual violence survivors. it is supported by ActionAid. They encouraged Jahan to learn new skills and earn a living. This led her to the auto-rickshaw.
Jahan with help of her mother managed to save enough money to buy an auto of their own.
In 2018, Jahan took her auto out on the streets of Bhopal. Her first passenger was Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
#ActWithHer A picture which speaks more than words. Kudos Talat Jahan, a survivor of violence & fighter 4 #WomensRights drives @CMMadhyaPradesh in her Auto, thanks to Gauravi, Sarika Sinha @ActionAidIndia #ActWithHer #WomensDay Thank U @ChouhanShivraj ji pic.twitter.com/2oB6JaMi7w
— Sandeep Chachra (@sndeep) March 8, 2018
It took her some time to settle down with this new job. Though she rode it all out and started earning Rs. 500 to 1500 every day before the covid-19 pandemic.
She also got company in the form of more women rickshaw drivers.
During the corona outbreak, she ferried food and other essentials to struggling families in the city.
She says, “My life has changed not just financially, but has empowered my personality”.