It was unusual to see a female truck driver behind the wheel 20 years ago. Although there are more ladies taking up the profession, the number of female truckers in the trucking industry is still 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
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.
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.
Meet the Girls Who Broke Tradition: The Ladies of the Highway
- Cindy: Experienced Trucker
- Ida Baldwin – Long Time Driver
- Sheila: Long Haul Tanker Driver
- Lisa, Long Haul Driver
Why are women pursuing trucking 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.