First of all, in order to clear this up, I am not talking about the WIT group (Women in Trucking) that’s on the internet. I am, however, talking about the “Real Women” out here that drive up and down the road, hauling the same freight as you guys do everyday.
Maybe, some of you had not noticed that there are many women truck drivers, doing the same job as the men. There are a lot of them doing it as solo drivers as well. For the most part, many of the women I have seen out on the road driving tractor trailers are a LOT better drivers than most of the men.
They are doing their part to be part of a workforce that is dominated by men. I see a lot of husband and wife teams running up and down the road. I am also beginning to see a lot of solo women drivers, I mean, I guess they are solo because I do not see driving partners with them.
Today women truck drivers are NOT supposed to be portrayed as sexual objects, in the trucking industry, as they were years ago. Women have come a long way, and my guess is that they are not going anywhere soon (I hope). But the way some men, or should I say leeches, treat women today I wouldn’t blame them if they did. Companies often overlook a woman as being a good candidate for a position simply because they are a woman, especially in the trucking industry. I know, for a fact, my now female terminal manager was told a few months ago she could not have the job because she was a woman. Well she is now the terminal manager and does a fine job as terminal manager.
It used to be the only women you saw around trucks were prostitutes. That has dramatically changed now, and I for one am glad to see it. Nothing I hate more than to be in the bunk sleeping and here come the prostitutes.
Most men out here think that the women should be quiet, and don’t want them around trucking, and think they should go to work in the truck stop parking lots. Well, I’ve got a news flash for you boys. These are hard working, more dependable, more professional truck drivers than most of you will ever know how to be. I am glad to be trucking along right beside these women everyday out here.
This post was written with the help of “TruckerDesiree”
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