Joined: May 30, 2007
Posted: Oct 2, 2007 02:17 PM
Msg. 1 of 5
Sandy Long, a WIT member since May, has written a wonderful article about women in the trucking industry. Here's the link: www.layover.com/driverscorner/womenintrucking/womansguide/Women-in-Trucking-association-1007.html.
Joined: Aug 9, 2007
Posted: Oct 13, 2007 08:35 AM
Msg. 3 of 5
Women in Trucking - A Woman Driver's Guide
The Women in Trucking Association
By Sandy Long
Women have been involved in transportation since before the invention of the wheel. Calamity Jane was a teamster hauling freight over the prairies in the 1800s. More recently, there continues to be heroines of the trucking industry. There was Lillie Elizabeth Drennan, who received her commercial truck driver's license in 1929 and went on to run a trucking company until her death; and Rusty Dow, a mail hauler for the Alaska Defense Command during World War II.
Women have worked behind the scenes in trucking as dispatchers, brokers, safety personnel, shipping and receiving clerks, and forklift operators and in the higher end as owners, vice presidents, operations managers, directors of different departments and other areas within the offices of trucking companies since the beginning of trucking. Then there are the wives, mothers, and other family members that support truckers.
Outside of equal opportunity laws, we ladies have largely been without a voice to speak up for the thousands of us involved in all aspects of the trucking industry. Those days have now ended with the organization of the Women in Trucking Association, a not-for-profit organization found at www.womenintrucking.org.
The Women In Trucking Association makes it their purpose to advocate for women in the trucking industry, as their mission statement says:
"Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women in trucking."
The Association is approaching this mission by forming partnerships with companies to address issues such as: more ergonomically designed trucks to better fit a woman's (or man's) shorter stature; more goods that women need and use to be included in truck stop inventories; advertise the fact that trucking is a good career choice for women to consider; encourage companies to hire more women; and letting women know that the transportation industry is one of the few industries without a "glass ceiling" for women drivers.
Membership is not limited to women alone, men too are encouraged to join the Association to promote better understanding between male and female drivers, trucking industry employees, owners, and office suppliers. The Association is planning to present a "Woman of the Year" award in both the U.S. and Canada this year. They also hope to honor the companies that hire women or adjust their inventories to meet women's needs.
Women In Trucking Association Chairwoman Ellen Voie is not unfamiliar with the trucking industry. Formerly the director of the Trucker Buddy Program and now national director of recruiting and retention for a large truck load carrier, she is joined by eleven other women involved in the industry on the board of the directors. These ladies represent the broad range of the industry and come from areas such as engineering, marketing, driving and fleet management.
The Women in Trucking Association website offers a forum, newsletter, store, calendar of events and job opportunities. Stories of the industry are also posted so women are well informed about the job opportunities and what driving itself entails before choosing trucking as a career. The website is clean, neat, and easily navigated. Their forum is strictly moderated and so is a safe place to visit and exchange experiences and knowledge.
The dues for the Women in Trucking Association are a minimal $25 per year. There are also corporate rates for corporate sponsor membership. If you are interested in joining the Women in Trucking Association go to www.womenintrucking.org, there you will find an easy application to fill out or you can look for their booth at some trucking shows and events.
I joined this association recently and am impressed with the professional outlook, quality of the website and goals they have set. We ladies have waited a long time to be validated by having our own legitimate website and organization. We have come a long way from Miss Lillie's start in 1929. It's about time!
Ya'll be safe out there!
Women In Trucking, Inc.