Three Indian Women Fighter Pilots In The Airforce Prove Gender No Bar!

Three Indian women fighter pilots will be inducted in the Indian Air Force. Does gender play a role when it comes to career choices?

Three Indian women fighter pilots will be inducted into the Indian Air Force on June 18th. Read on to know more about them.

Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi are the selected cadets who would be inducted in the Indian airforce. They would undergo advanced training for a year and would fly a jet by 2017. They would go to Bidar in karnataka for the stage III training.

Six female cadets were competing but only three were finally selected.

India’s obsession with gendered professions

The notion that Indian women must opt for professions that do not test their physical abilities is embedded in the minds of most Indians. Women are considered to be submissive, weak and docile and therefore, suitable for professions like teaching or nursing which do not require them to strain themselves much.

On the other hand, aviation industry is considered to be an arena tailor-made for men since strength and presence of mind are masculine straits. Such ideas of prejudice thwart men and women in India from pursuing professions of their choice and having fulfilling careers.

Fortunately, there are women striving hard to come out of their shells and opting for professions that are considered a part of the male dominated sphere.

Women and the idea of  male-dominated professions

Shooting, comedy, racing, mountaineering, boxing, you name the profession and they have proved their mettle in their respective fields.

Anjali Bhagwat is the only Indian to win the ISSF Championship Trophy in Air Rifle Men and Women Mixed Event category in 2002.

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Aditi Mittal, on the other hand, is going places with her innate ability to make people laugh at her jokes. Apart from carving a niche in this male-dominated field, she has also managed to debunk the myth that women are serious creatures and lack sense of humor.

Saanchi Soni, a student of Delhi University, has gone on to achieve laurels as India’s youngest woman to have been selected for an expedition to Mount Everest by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Her victory is a savage blow to all those who think of women as the weaker sex.

Weightlifting is considered to be a very masculine area by even the best of people. But that did not stop Malleswari from winning a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

These women had the audacity to defy social norms and make our society a little more progressive in nature. Real progress, however, will be made when more and more women enter these fields without hesitation.

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