We’re slowly starting to see more women in trucking.
Girls in the trucking industry, including women truck drivers, make up a relatively small portion of the huge number of trucking industry employees.Traditionally, the transportation industry has focused on attracting and recruiting male truckers and other employees. It’s really been a man’s world up until recent years….. clearly a male-dominated industry.
Some of these women who have pursued a career in the trucking business, are taking on some of the upper management and ownership roles in trucking companies, and displaying leadership and problem-solving skills which bring about stellar success for many carriers.
There are lots of job opportunities for the gals…. dispatching, equipment purchasing, safety positions, safety enforcement, warehousing, logistics, road repair, mechanics, commercial insurance companies and women truck drivers.
It is a sad statement of our society, that our education system and society doesn’t encourage women to pursue opportunities in these fields. However, that is starting to change.
Challenges of Women Drivers
Unfortunately, they sometimes face the additional challenge of being openly criticized and put down, solely because of their involvement in the trucking biz.
Some unique challenges of women truck drivers are: physical threats and attackssexual harassment
These issues are very, very serious issues and not to be taken lightly.
Who the ‘heck has the right to threaten, attack or harass someone else, at ANY TIME, just because they’re able?
There’s nothing manly or macho about inflicting abuse on a woman. Actually, I can’t think of ANYTHING ‘less masculine’.
The Age of Dinosaurs
It troubles me that in a society that is so advanced in some respects, is still so backward in others…. especially when I still often hear the words uttered that ‘women don’t belong in trucking’.
We’ve been putting men on the moon for decades, developed computer technology that boggles the mind, prolonged human life expectancy for many more years and so on, but we can’t get past the fact that it’s ok for women to choose any career they please, just as men do.
If they can meet the demands of the job description, they deserve the job. Gender should not have a bearing on the issue.
Last time I checked, the ‘age of dinosaurs’ has longed passed.
Women in Trucking – Trivia
- about 5% of truckers are female
- 85,000+ women truckers in the U.S.
- 10,000+ trucking companies owned by women (about 1% of all companies)
- Carriers with $10,000,000+ in gross sales, are owned by 75+ women
- Carriers with $5,000,000+ in gross sales, are owned by 220+ women
- Carriers with $2,000,000+ in gross sales, are owned by 750+ women
- Women in trucking careers are NOT ‘less feminine’ than other women. Check ’em out guys…. some of the classiest women I know are trucking company owners,
dispatchers and truck drivers!
If a gal can do the job of a trucker or any other trucking job in the biz, show the same respect that you’d show her male counterpart.
‘Equal work, equal pay and equal treatment ‘. If she can do the work, she deserves the job.
A Message to Ladies in Trucking
Gals. Whether you’re in the dispatch office, a big CEO, a safety supervisor, a big rig mechanic or a lady trucker. Keep your chin up. Keep on doing your best.
You’ve come a long way, baby!
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