Women in Transportation

Maybe the trucking and transportation segment has been a historically dominated male oriented field, but what about 2010? Can we still say this today? I think that’s a pretty easy answer.

Women have had a considerable, behind the scenes, role in transportation for many years. You can find them as dispatchers, safety stewards, shipping and receiving, V.P.’s and even owners. In 2009 eleven state trucking associations were led by women.

But, what about on the road? Not so much, depending on who’s data you look at, today women only make up 2.5 to 4.5 percent of the truck drivers in the country.  However, that number continues to increase as more women enter the industry, and there are more incentives for women than ever before.

One example, is Cuyahoga Community College’s Truck Driving Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. Women can secure tuition funding via a USDOT grant and this year as many as six women will be provided full tuition for certification as CDL drivers in cooperation with the Women In Trucking Association, Inc. The association encourages employment, promotes accomplishments and helps by reducing obstacles for women entering the trucking field.

If you are seriously interested, you can do some research to find out which are the best trucking schools and the companies that are women-friendly. Also, finding a woman driver to be a mentor would be a great idea. Not only would she be able to encourage you, she would be able to tell you the best places to apply for a job, what to expect, and give you advice when you’re ready to start out.

Down the Road – Mike


2 Responses to “Women in Transportation”

  1. February 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Keep up the nice work.

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