female truck driver interviews:
lady truckers tell their story

The number of female truck drivers in the trucking industry is a very small percentage, compared to the male population of truckers in North America.... presently, they make up about 5% of professional drivers.

Truck driving jobs were traditionally filled by men. The older model rigs, were pretty tough trucks and were difficult to drive... no powering steering, no temperature control, shifting took brute strength, and worst of all, they road like 'tanks'! The lifestyle was very rough and dangerous, too.

Nowadays, the newer rigs are smooth riding, easy to maneuver and very comfy!

Although the lifestyle of a trucker hasn't changed a great deal, they are more facilities available which make their lives much easier than years ago.

If You Can Do the Job, You Deserve the Job

lady trucker

 We're starting to see more and more female truckers in the driver's seat of big trucks. It's certainly about time that the industry recognize that if a woman can do the work, she most certainly deserves the job.

Driving a big rig isn't a 'man's job'. It's a JOB, period....doesn't matter if it's team driving, flatbed trucking or tanker work. If a gal can do what's required in the job description, she should be eligible for the work.

Since the female driver is without question in the minority, we'd like to pay tribute to these gals who have made the 'giant leap' to become a trucker in an industry that is still traditionally dominated by men, and has been, since the early beginnings of the industry.

If you're a female truck driver,

send in your photo and driving biography,

 and we'll post it on the website.

 Meet some of the girls who stepped up to the challenge.

... some modern day professional female truck drivers, who share their stories of the trials and tribulations of their careers, in a male dominated work force.

......a few of the girls who love to drive,

and love their job

..... iron cowgirls, if you will.

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Meet the Girls Who Broke Tradition: The Ladies of the Highway

C'Ann -- This gal has over 10 years + experience. This Native born North American is busy pursuing her political interests, when she's not trucking.

Female Trucker: Nicole

Nicole --Raised by a trucking family, Nicole is an iron cowgirl for sure.....learned to drive an '84 cabover, all on her own. A long haul driver, who's not afraid of hard, dirty work!

Caroline: Lady Truck Driver

Caroline--A seasoned trucker of 22 years, this lady has taken on the challenge of hauling car trailers....her true passion.

Kimmy--Juggling a truck driving career was a challenge for Kimmy, but worth it!

Lady Trucker: Christi

Christy--This female truck driver has been driving big rigs for 17 years and is loving every minute of it. She loves her driving job and the constant challenges of this field of work.

Lady Truck Driver: Brandi

Brandi --This gal was born to be a trucker. She started her trucking career at just 19 yr old, before she was even allowed to cross the Canada/US border.

Lady Trucker: Annie

Annie --A 19 year veteran  female truck driver, she's done a variety of trucking: produce hauler to flat beds.

Female Trucker: Isabelle

Isabelle--Her dream of being a truck driver came true. She's overcome her challenges, and is in it for the long haul!

Lady Truck Driver: Carole

Carole--With trucking in her blood, she's now living her dream. In spite of the roadblocks, she's loving life as a long haul trucker.

Lady Trucker: Kim

Kim--From a family of truck drivers, Kim was hesitant to take up the life style of a trucker...but is glad she did. No regrets here.

Lady Trucker: Karmen

Karmen--Driving for 11 years now, Karmen is passionate about trucking and still loves her job.

Lady Truck Driver: Lorissa

Lorissa--This gal may be a rookie, but she's one of the best of the breed of 'new truckers around....she was the sole female truck driver and Canadian to make the cut for 'TOP ROOKIE IN TRUCKING'.

Amie -- She's the only gal 'chip hauler' in the northern part of Alberta Driving a big rig, keeps her happy.

Denise -- After being told that a woman couldn't do a truck driving job, hauling steel coils, Denise proved them wrong. She isn't afraid of hard work, and has experience pulling a variety of different trailers.

More stories from lady drivers, below.

Why are women pursuing truck driving careers?

There are several reasons a professional driving career is becoming more appealing to women.

  • There's presently a serious shortage of truck drivers in North America, and it could get even worse. The demand for well trained professional drivers, may very well be at an all time high.  Trucking companies specifically target women as potential employees. 
  • Trucking companies want to hire women. Stats stats show a female truck driver is a safe, conscientious driver, and there's also stats to back up the fact that a female trucker, is 5X less likely to have an accident.
  • The pay is still pretty decent, for some trucking jobs. 
  • Trucking jobs have potential for flexible schedules and work hours, to mesh with 'family schedules'.

The First Licensed Lady Trucker

The first gal to be licensed to drive a big rig, was Lillie Drennan, at 32 yr. old.

To say this little gal was a 'pistol' in her day, is an understatement. The authorities back then were very hesitant initially, to grant her the right to drive big trucks, mostly due to her hearing difficulty.

Lillie always drove with a loaded gun. It wasn't unusual for her to drive for long hauls, over 40+ hours straight without sleep. However, she had a clean track record.... no accidents, ever.

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More Female Truckers

If you're a gal who drives a big rig, we'd certainly love to hear from you. Tell us about your driving job.

Read More Lady Trucker Stories

Click below for their stories.

I'm 33 years old and have been driving "the big ones" for about 5 years now! I started out doing flat bed work hauling lumber, steel, coils etc. and …

Lady Trucker: Barb Herman 
I've spent almost 30 years in the trucking industry and have loved every minute of it. I have pulled all types of trailers but currently pull haz mat …

A Lady Trucker Who Loves Trucking 
I'm a lady trucker who loves trucking! I've been trucking for a lot of year.... 36 years, I believe. I had always loved shiny big rigs. I got my …

C'Ann - Lady Trucker 
In February 2002, I put myself through truck driving school and have been pursing driving experience ever since. I drove over the road, local, construction, …

Kimmy: a Lady Trucker 
A lady trucker: meet Kimmy. When I grow up I want to be a vet! That was a young girl's dream, once upon a time. Before I Started Trucking …

Female Truck Driver: Denise 
Meet female truck driver: Denise . I started working in a sheet metal plant riveting metal together. I've always considered myself a late in life …

Female Truck Driver: Meet Lorissa, Flatbed Rookie 
I'm a female truck driver. I love to drive.... this turned into 'I love to truck'! I've had my trucking license for 2 and a half years. I drove …

Lady Trucker: Carole 
To tell my story as a lady trucker, my driving career, is actually split into two sections.....pre- family raising and post- family raising. I had …

Penny Jo Lady Truck Driver 
My Dad was a truck driver and I always wanted to drive a big rig. He said, "No,", of course. He is gone now for 18 years in July, but I come from a …

Alberta Female Truck Driver 
Meet Alberta female truck driver, Nicole. I'm a 35 year old female trucker from Canada. I've been around big rigs my entire life. My dad owned trucks …

Brandi, 2012 Volvo 
I started out trucking in 2005, when I was 19(being Canadian, not old enough to cross the USA border in a commercial vehicle). I worked regional until …

Lady Truck Driver- Ida Baldwin 
Lady truck drivers were rare when I started driving back in 1973. There were very few around. My first truck was a Mack F Series. It had the little …

They call me "NJKatwoman" on the internet, and I'm "Katwoman" on the CB. I've been driving a rig since 1996. Before that, I drove school buses, charters, …

I started driving in the summer of 2002, so I am most definitely a rookie, but I have never loved a job like I love driving! I will still be this enthusiastic …

Meet Annie and her 2004 Peterbilt  
I have been a long haul truck driver since 1994. I have all sorts of work from dry van, reefer, propane, gravel trucks, and flat bed heavy haul out of …

Caroline Wood, Lady Truck Driver 
My name is Caroline Wood. I'm an owner-operator, with a 2011 Model 388 Peterbilt. It's a flat top Pete, with a 485 Cummins, 13 speed with 326 rears and …

I Drive an '08 Freightliner with a Live Bottom Trailer. 
I drive a 2008 Freightliner Classic Day Cab , for Gallant Aggregates Ltd in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. In the past, I've driven for Day and Ross Ltd, …

Living the Dream of Being a Trucker! 
This is my semi truck, a 2004 Kenworth, T2000 . Previous to this truck, I've driven Internationals, Volvos, and Peterbilt trucks. My truck is a company …

Chelsea Love Not rated yet
Being raised on a farm about 10 miles from the end of the world in South Eastern Alberta, Chelsea has been around equipment and trucks all her life. …

Bell Not rated yet
I drove school bus when kids were small and home schooled for nine years. Took a small box job that company allowed me to train on the trailer, and I …

Lady Trucker Not rated yet
Lady trucker: Lisa. I grew up in and around trucks, my family was in the construction business. If I wanted to spend time with Dad, I went to work …

Lady Truck Driver: Amie Not rated yet
Meet another lady truck driver: Amie. I've been driving for four years, hauling wood chips in northern Alberta. This is the best career in the …

Becky 2006 international Not rated yet
I started out in trucking in 1982. I have pulled tanker, bullracks, vans, reefers, covered wagons, and also been a horse hauler. I retired in 2002, …

Lauryn, 2012 Western Star Not rated yet
I am 24 and I drive a transport truck for a fluid hauling company in western Oklahoma. I mainly haul lease water, but sometimes I haul flowback off, …

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Maura Miller 06 Volvo 670 with 05 transcraft stepdeck Not rated yet
I started trucking in 2007, and trained with Werner pulling dry van for 2 years. Then, I went to SRT in 2009 and drove pulling reefers for 3 years. …

Love Being a Truck Driver! Not rated yet
I drive a 2012 Kenworth truck , Model T660, with a studio sleeper. I really love the room! The only thing I would change about the truck, is the hood. …

Becoming a Trucker Was the Right Answer for Me! Not rated yet
I have been a truck driver for 6 years now. I attended C1 Professional Driving School, in Fort Wayne, IN . I currently drive for a private contractor, …

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