She’s a woman, wears a turban and drives a taxi

Melbourne-based Inderjeet Kaur turned her keen interest in driving into a profession that is traditionally male-dominate...

Inderjeet Kaur, often called ‘Australia’s first turbaned Sikh female taxi driver,’ has a powerful message for women.

“If you turn your passion into your profession then there is nothing a woman can’t achieve – be it a taxi driver, a scientist or an astronaut,” she says confidently.

Ms Kaur is one of the very few women whose profession puts them behind the wheels and she is defying stereotypes within the Australian Sikh community.

She may well be the only turbaned Sikh female who has been actively pursuing a career as a taxi driver for 11 years now, working in an industry which is predominantly male-oriented. 

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...“Women can drive as well as men can! I can’t understand why there are so many jokes targeting female drivers and why there has been gender stereotyping,” she says.

“I can understand that India has a patriarchal society, but I don’t know why this should exist here in any of the local communities.”...

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...Ms Kaur arrived in Australia in 2003 after her marriage with Melbourne-based Bahadar Singh.

“My husband was already in the taxi business at that time. He gave me driving lessons and once I was confident, he helped me learn how to find places using a Melway,” she adds. “I must admit that I was equally nervous and excited at that time.”...

...“I used to work as a teacher back in India. Once I had dreamt of becoming a police officer, but I couldn’t fulfil it,” she says.

“I have worked in many odd jobs including in a factory, at a child care centre and even at an aged care facility. But none of these jobs gave me as much flexibility with the time that I am enjoying as a taxi driver.”...

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...Ms Kaur urges more women to consider getting past the stereotypes and getting behind the wheel.

“I am my own boss who can manage her own life and timeline as she wishes to,” she says.

“My profession has definitely helped me achieve my goal of finding the right kind of work-life balance. If I can why can’t someone else benefit from this profession?” 

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