- Eliane Elbassar studied civil engineering for 7 years and is the only female engineer at her workplace
- The mother of two took to social media to show how she is not moved by critics who felt she should be a housewife instead of doing such a demanding and strenuous job
- Eliane's story has inspired many on social media with many hailing her resolve and courage
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Eliane Elbassar has gained much traction on social media with her inspiring story of life as the only female civil engineer in her workplace.
The mother of two, in her first-ever Linkedln post which was made in commemoration of the International Women's Day, said she usually gets stares as goes for site inspections.
Often time than not, people would tell her to stop her construction work. They advised her to be a housewife and look after her family or go for office work instead.
The woman who studied engineering for 7 years stated that she has so far worked as an engineer for 10 years and wasn't going to consider their advice nor give up now.
Eliane wants to be the perfect model and example for her kids.
According to her, she wants to show her daughter that she can go for any career of her choice and to teach her son to support the career choices of women.
Eliane's post read in part:
"I’m a civil engineer and when I reach the site, I’m the only woman there, I do my work and when come home, my family is still asleep. People always tell me, “you don’t have to work, you have little kids, why don’t you just stay home and cater for them?
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"And if you must work why can’t you just do part time office work, you’re a woman and a mother you don’t have to work full time and go to site inspections”.
"What they don’t understand is that because I love my kids I want to be the best I can be for them, i want to show my daughter that she can have any career she wants and nothing should stop her from following her dreams.
"I want my son to grow and learn to support women in the path they choose."
Eliane went on to declare that engineering is not only for men as women can excel at it too, while sharing adorable pictures of herself on the engineering outfit as she struck poses with her kids.
Her post earned her applause and celebration from social media users as many found her story inspiring.
Sandra Angus said:
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"Awesome story and career! Thanks for sharing and inspiring other women."
Christine Asvestas reacted:
"As a working mum, I often felt judged for my career choices. Today my 9 year old daughter decided to put on my PPE gear, as she played around the house... when I asked her what she was doing? She said, she was dressing up as her favourite super hero....Mummy!
"It melted my heart! And I was so proud to set a great example for my daughter!
"Not only are you setting a great example in your workforce but also for the next generation! Keep up the great work!"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported about a female engineer who built her own house herself.
The 26-year-old, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, was photographed building an extra room onto her existing house.
The female civil engineer captioned the post: "This is what I am good at."
The inspiring young woman revealed she grew up with both her parents and siblings - who provided a strong support structure for her.
Victor Duru is a Legit.ng journalist with more than three years of working experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Studies from Imo State University, where he was a Students' Union Government Director of Information. Victor is a Human Interest Editor, Strategic Content Creator and a Google-certified Digital Marketer. Connect with him on Twitter @DuruCVictor2