Women in trucking face many obstacles. Along with the trucker stereotype comes the gender stereotypes. There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers on the road and of those 5.2%, or 200,000+, are women.
Trucking is a great career for women.
Here are 4 reasons women make bad a$$ truckers:
They’ve broken the glass ceiling.
While this may be true in corporate America, the trucking industry offers a more fair pay system. In trucking, wages are earned, rather than given.
In the corporate world, U.S. women still earn only 77 cents on the male dollar. The average female trucker earns dollar for dollar.
They’re safer drivers than men.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom of men, women are much safer drivers. “Significantly safer,” said Russ Rader, a spokesman with the The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “They’re much less likely to get into the risk-taking actions that lead to crashes.”
Women are less likely to speed, less likely to drink and drive and more likely to wear seat belts, he said.
Women are 3 times less likely to get in an accident and 5 times less likely to violate safety regulations.
They do a great job and look great doing it!
Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, but inner beauty is what makes a person truly beautiful. Several trucking-related charities and support groups are ran by women. These women work full-time jobs yet take the extra time to give back to the community– that’s true beauty!
They’re breaking gender stereotypes.
Though women’s liberation occurred many decades ago, there are still many jobs that are considered “man’s work.” Every woman truck driver is proving a woman is capable of doing a “man’s job,” and it’s a great example for young girls to see they can become anything their hearts desire.