Women in Trucking - A Woman's Perspective
Is it all Equal?
For quite a few years now, women have been fighting for and receiving equal opportunities in most aspects of the workforce. We've been fighting so hard, in fact, that a lot of women are surpassing men in the workplace and in the wallet. However, everything is not always as it seems, and when it comes to women in the trucking industry, everything is not quite fair...yet.
Ask yourself, "In today's world, how can it be that women are still not receiving the same benefits and respect that men get?" In the Truck Driving Industry, there are now more than 10,000 women drivers and, even though it's a tough industry, women are doing it just as well, if not better, than men. However, the largest problem women drivers face these days is getting the respect they deserve and have earned.
The problem for men isn't that we physically/mentally can handle the job or that driving truck is a man's business; the problem that I found is they don't respect their female co-pilots. Oftentimes, women have the most trouble on the road when they simply state that they are women. Over the CB comes a blast of rude, sexual comments that not only degrade women but makes them feel like they don't belong as soon as their identities are revealed as female.
I have read through blog's and women's perspectives, and I constantly find the same complaint: men sometimes mistake women drivers as some kind of "booty call" instead of seeing them as equals who are just trying to make a living. Darlene Dwyer from ladytruckdrivers.com says, "A lot of these guys still have the notion that every female out here is fair game. To be honest, it's lonely and tough on the road."
Even though the job is physically demanding, emotionally lonely, and mentally stressful, women drivers continue to grow. That's why it is important to women for men to respect them; not only are they both doing the same job, but drivers need to stick together regardless of gender. If all drivers show each other value, then they can pull together. Today there are many pressing issues in the industry, which only make the job harder. That's why it's so important to pull into a single voice so that the needs and issues of the industry can be handled. One of my favorite sayings is, "pull together; forces in masses always draw more attention." So men and women drivers: you are all together in this!