Opting for Civil Engineering as my profession wasn’t easy for me. The world that we live in is entitled to be a male-dominated arena. The birth of feminism opened many opportunities for women.
I come from a society where we talk about equal rights but hesitate in implementing them. Engineering especially Civil Engineering is considered a male-oriented field as it requires a great deal of effort and endurance.
Women even today are considered to be timid and weak. Before choosing Civil Engineering, I was told that I would not be able to deal the pressure and cannot go out in the fields. I was told that my skin that resembles a caucasian would be affected badly due to the scorching heat of the sun and that no one will marry me. For Asians, their skin color is very important which defines their beauty.
I was born a rebel and always wanted to break the norms of the society. One of the reasons behind opting Civil was that I wanted to break this stereotype that girls can’t be engineers.
I don’t want to be addressed as someone’s better half. Marriage should not be the first thing on one’s priority list. I always wanted my own indentity, and my family has always supported me in this regard especially my father. Watching buildings being constructed always fascinated me.
I wanted to select a field that would make me capable enough to construct and design buildings etc. and civil engineering was the right option.
To all the girls out there who want to pursue their career in Civil, I want to tell you all do what your heart feels is right. Listen to your heart and give a deaf ear to all those suppressing you. Good luck!