Isn’t it refreshing to see that a female bus driver or a female sports journalist, marching shoulder to shoulder with her male counterparts and a female comedian doing better than most of them out there? Today, more and more women are choosing professions that were once considered the male domain. Women who break the stereotype and carve their way to success in these unconventional fields, capture everyone’s heart and give courage to those who are dreaming of aspiring careers.
Featuring a few successful women who are breaking the stereotype and choosing career paths that are less likely:

Mary kom: As we know Mary Kom is a celebrated boxer. She is the eldest of four siblings and had to work hard from a young age to help her parents who laboured in the fields. Despite opposition from her parents, she took up boxing. Mary Kom is a five time world champion in boxing and the only Indian woman boxer to win a medal at the Olympics.

After winning her third consecutive World Championship, she got married and started a family. The boxing fraternity wrote her off and declared her career finished. But, Magnificent Mary as she came to be known, trained hard to win more laurels for India, proving that you can be a mother and a boxer too. She is now a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. She says:“My plan is to do something good for the Northeast and sports.” She runs a boxing academy and has campaigned for ending the use of elephants in circuses.

Sushmita Sen: A successful model and actor, she stands tall on her decisions, inspiring many. She has defied the stereotype by adopting two girls as a single woman. As a successful model, she has often championed women’s issues. Being the first Miss Universe from India, she achieved much fame at an early age. She has been a role model to many aspiring models.

Prema Ramappa Nadapatti: Prema Nadapatti broke the stereotype by becoming the first female bus driver with the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) way back in 2009. She comes from a little village Bhairnaddi in Belgaum, was fond of driving but had never thought of it as a profession. It was when her husband passed away that she thought of applying for the job. She learnt to drive a lorry and got a heavy transport vehicle driving license. People say women are bad drivers, Unlike many of her male colleagues, she holds a ‘no accident’ record so far. She is called “daredevil” by her colleagues.

Bharti Singh: Bharti is a well-known comedian but only a few are aware that she is a gold medalist at the national level for pistol shooting and archery. Gaining popularity as a standup comedian among very popular male counterparts dominating the profession is commendable. Her unique style is not just humorous but also non-stereotypical.

Freida Pinto: Freida Pinto pursued a career in Bollywood when many actresses before had failed make a dent. She made her mark with Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and continued to rise in Hollywood with movies such as You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Immortals (2011), Trishna (2011), and Desert Dancer (2014).

Mayanti Langer Binny: As a young female sports journalist she has an illustrious career to boast. Her interest in the career began with her involvement in her college football team. She hosted a sports news show Star Power on Star Sports One with some of the biggest names. She also hosted the Champions League 2014 and Indian Super League 2014 TV broadcasts. She was also an anchor for Cricket World Cup 2015 for Star Sports. Pretty impressive uh!

Tashi and Nungshi Malik: Tashi and Nungshi are the World’s first siblings and twins to climb Seven Summits to complete Adventurers Grand Slam and Three Poles Challenge. They trained hard at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (2010).

On Sunday, 19 May 2013, they successfully scaled Mount Everest, becoming the first twin sisters in the world to do so. Post Everest, the twin sisters successfully completed #mission2for7, conquering the tallest peak in each of the seven continents for the cause of the Indian Girl Child. Through their mountaineering achievements, they are promoting mountaineering as a sport. And encouraging the girl child to dream and achieve.

As part of spreading peace between India and Pakistan, they hoisted the flags of the two countries with Samina Baig, the youngest Pakistani woman who climbed the Everest.