Category Archives: Guest Blogs

This section of blogs from out prestigious guest bloggers

Promoting Safety and Prevent Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Trucking Industry

Recently the Department of Labor held a “Day of Action” to promote safety and address these issues in the trucking industry. Since our inception in 2007, our mission has included the goal to address obstacles that might keep women from entering the trucking industry, or from succeeding in a transportation role.   For over fifteen years the Women In Trucking Association has already been addressing the subject of sexual harassment and sexual assault against professional drivers.  

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Are men and women different?

Before you read the title and jump to a conclusion, I want to start by saying that I hope you agree that we are all different. It’s not just about gender, but it encompasses so much more, such as age, ethnicity, and both mental and physical attributes.

However, I would also like you to think about why we sometimes continue to treat everyone the same by avoiding conversations that showcase our differences.

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Your voice in Washington DC

One of the goals of the WIT board of directors is to be a resource.  This not only includes providing information and data to our members, but it means sharing our mission with people who have the power to create change.

Recently, the Women In Trucking Association has been invited to two White House events to explore ways to bring more women into the trucking industry.  This is only the beginning, however, as the recently passed Infrastructure Bill included another opportunity to have a voice in Washington DC.

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The value in networking

At a  Women In Trucking reception, two drivers sitting next to each other discovered that they worked for the same carrier.  As they left the event that evening, they vowed to stay in touch and maintain their newfound friendship.  These two women knew that they could learn from each other and lean on each other; they knew the value of networking.

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The way we spend our time defines who we are. Jonathan Estrin

With the new year around the corner, many of us make new year’s resolutions with the goal to improve something in our lives.  Maybe you want to lose a few pounds or get more exercise.  Those are the two top goals people set for the coming year.

Other resolutions include getting organized, learning a skill or hobby, quitting smoking, spending more time with family friends, traveling, or reading more and spending less money.  Those are all great goals, and if you are planning on making positive changes in your life, then make a New Year’s resolution. Continue reading

Research on drivers and safety!

For those of us in the trucking industry, we are all aware of the data suggesting that crashes involving commercial trucks are overwhelmingly caused by the non-professional driver.  Or, as we like to call them, the four wheelers.

There have been numerous studies about reckless behaviors for automobile drivers, but I recently came across a paper that explored the attitudes of truck drivers to those who aren’t operating a commercial vehicle.

The study interviewed 167 adult men (you read that right, no women were part of the research.)  Seventy of the respondents were not truck drivers, but the remainder were employees of a concrete manufacturing company.  The research was conducted in Israel, which has very few female drivers. However, I found the data very relevant and wanted to share the results. Continue reading

Check On Your Friends – Ellen Voie

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My son’s close friend and future business partner ended their relationship when he recently took his own life.  They had been buddies for many years and were both passionate about working on their cars together.  They were in the early stages of forming a partnership to build a shop to diagnose and fix automotive issues.  My son was devasted.  Andrew was only 29.

A few days later a good friend of mine lost his young son to suicide.  Patrick was a former Marine who had served for five years.  When he ended his life, he was employed as a truck driver at the same carrier with his dad.   What can you say to someone who is burying a 24-year-old child?

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Women In Trucking Association to offer LeadHER Trucking mentor program

Oprah Winfrey once said, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”  We know that mentors are important to each of us in advancing our careers and finding the hope inside ourselves.  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is offering a program focused on matching female drivers who are new to the industry, with women who have been behind the wheel for years.

In an effort to understand the needs of female commercial drivers WIT partnered with Sawgrass Logistics to conduct research identifying their challenges.  One of the questions involved their driver training and whether they were offered a mentor or not.  Unfortunately, 84 percent said they had not been given the option to work with a mentor.  Those drivers who were provided with a mentor reported that twelve percent were matched with a male mentor and only three percent were given a female mentor.

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Fierceness and female drivers

If you were asked to name the fiercest animal in the animal kingdom, how would you respond? Would your initial reaction be to say it would be a bear, a lion, or a tiger?  How about a snake or crocodile?

Notice I used the word, “fiercest,” and not words like intimidating, scary or deadly.  One of the definitions of fierce is, “intense in activity or feeling, vigorous or ardent.”  I used this term because I think the most amazing and intense and vigorous animal is the hummingbird.

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Support in advancing our mission

For fourteen years the Women In Trucking Association has been the only organization whose mission is to encourage and advance the employment of women in trucking. We have always represented ALL women in the industry, or as we like to say, the women who design, build, fix, drive, or own trucks.

Since 2007, we have been the lone voice for our members, but now that is changing.  We are being joined by other groups that share our goal to bring more women into the industry. We are extremely proud to be an integral part of three national initiatives.

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