As the labor market tightens, many women are looking to infiltrate male-dominated industries in search of higher and equal pay. The American Trucking Association has reported a booming 234,234 female truck drivers, a 68% increase since 2010. Many are citing competitive pay as their motive for entrance into the industry. The workplace culture of the modern truck driver can be against the grain for many women.This is partly why the industry’s employees are currently only 8% female. However, don’t forget, that number has increased by 68% in the past 9 years.
Noticing the discrepancy between the amount of male and female truckers, Ellen Voie began the Women In Trucking Association in 2007. She wanted to create a network of female truck drivers and to encourage a more diverse representation of women in the profession. While helping the general public better visualize female truck drivers, Voie hopes that other women will be encouraged to get licensed as well. The association continues to raise awareness of the specific issues, such as equal pay, to help bring more women to the industry. They also want to focus on the encouragement of more women in executive and managerial positions.
If you are a woman, 0r know a woman, interested in getting started in the trucking industry, here are some facts you can share with them about the opportunities trucking provides:
- Truckers’ pay is determined by load, hours and mileage. Therefore, gender, ethnicity or age does not affect your earning potential.
- The advancement opportunities for a truck driver are endless and all depend on your personal hard work.
- With more women grasping at the opportunity for equal pay, we can predict a climbing rate of female employment nationally and is a small part of acting against female poverty in the United States.
- In addition to pay opportunities, as a trucker, you will get the freedom to travel and see the beautiful country
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