Since the beginning of civilization, men have looked down on women. Even today in the 21st century people believe a woman has no right to pursue a career other than being a housewife.
A great woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, once said, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
I belong to a lower middle-class family and my family is no different than other families of my locality. My family wants me to get married as soon as I turn 23, but I have different plans in my mind for my life. I firmly believe that it is my life and I have every right over it. I have even fought with my family over the idea of me joining the Indian Air Force as a flying officer just like Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi, and Mohana Singh. All three of them have really worked hard to get to that place and I am going to do the same.
I want to fly high and I will for sure because it really doesn’t matter which gender I belong to. My capabilities will speak for me. My family thinks that females are not strong enough to join the army. Probably they are still unaware of the names like Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, Punita Arora, Mitali Madhumita and Shanti Tigga, who have written their names with glitters in the list of bravery and valour for their commendable work in Indian forces.
My mother always turns me down, saying the IAF had advised the women to refrain from motherhood for the next four years. How will you cope up? I told her that I have a very safe and simple solution – Unwanted21 Days, to keep me worry free from the risks of getting pregnant. I will marry a guy who understands me and my dreams. No doubt I will get married soon but my aspirations will not die in the fire of the ceremony. I am a strong female and all I ask my beloved ones is to let me grow.
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