Up until 2019, 6% of commercial truck drivers were women and 94% were men. As of 2020, the number of women drivers has risen to 7.8%. With the current driver shortages, bringing more women into the industry is part of the solution.
Women in Trucking (WIT) is an organization that focuses on increasing the percentage of female drivers in the industry. They believe that women are just as capable at truck driving and need to be valued. Currently women make up on estimated only ten percent of the driving force, according to Women in Trucking. Ellen Voie, Chief Executive Officer of Women in Trucking, discusses how female drivers are often more well-liked by customers. Voie noticed that whenever she would go to conferences company executives would say that female drivers are often better with their paperwork, take better care of their equipment and are easier to train.
Below are some changes that the industry needs to make to normalize women in trucking:
- Exposing girls at a young age that trucking is a realistic career for them
- Changing peoples’ traditional idea of a truck driver
- Increasing safety within the trucking culture for women
- Ensuring Bathroom access
- Creating a sense of community for women drivers
- Making safe parking accessible
Driving in our Fundamental Flex Program is a great fit for many women. You tell us what days you are available and we match you with a client’s run. It’s flexible, paid hourly and 100% of work is home daily. View our available jobs and apply online today!
Fundamental has always encouraged women to drive with and will continue to do so! Watch one of our Fundamental Flex Drivers, Patricia C. talk about why she loves being a Fundamental Driver.