No matter how modern we call ourselves or how hard we advocate for gender equality in India women still find it difficult to get the career they desire to have. A number of forces in society continue to make attempts to hold them back to make a career keeping their “feminine side” in their mind.
Some want to enter the fashiom Industry, some want to make it into journalism, some of the woman have even strived ahead and entered army. Women across the country are making strong efforts to break the gender stereotypes and prove their mettle.
One such woman is Manzita Vanzara. Manzita is the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad who has set an example for many in the society. She’s an engineer, a fashion designer and civil servant.
Manzita started her career as an engineer, went ahead to take a degree in fashion designing and then decided to give the civil service exams only because she wanted to do something for the society. She is also a trained Bharatnatyam and Kuchupudi performer.
Sharing her experiences, she writes, “I was born and brought up in a family where everyone belonged to the Civil services background. There were many IAS and IPS Officers around me but that never fascinated me and I never thought of becoming one. After completing my schooling I did my graduation in Engineering from Nirma University and right after completing my graduation I enrolled myself into a course of Fashion Designing at NIFT and after the course I worked with one of the most reputed brand of the city.”
“I would always use public transport. So being with the common man I started understanding their problems and decided to work for them. During my post-gradauation a thought occurred to me that I have always received good things from the society, what is the best way to give back to the society? And we all know that the best way to work for the society is by being a civil servant. So, during my post-gradauation I had started preparations for the civil service exam”, she added.
Read her story which is an inspiration to many women and parents in Indian society.