Whether behind the wheel, running a fleet, or dispatching for their partners, women across the country are paving the way for a more inclusive workplace. While the number of women in leadership roles in freight and logistics has grown over the years, females make up less than eight percent of all truck drivers. Given the growing demand for drivers, there is more opportunity — and need — than ever before for women to get their CDLs.
While many truck drivers speak of the freedom and opportunity that being on the road can offer, the industry is still not a level playing field. Female truck drivers, in particular, face unique obstacles to success. Many truck stops lack appropriate locker rooms and other facilities for women, and safe parking options are few and far between.
It’s these industry norms that make an already dangerous profession even more precarious for women, who frequently face sexism and harassment both on and off the road. Today in the face of these challenges, women are coming together to support each other and bring new truck drivers into the fold, paving the way for change in the industry.
Here at Uber Freight, we support this community and their efforts. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be highlighting these women through special content on our blog and social channels. Read our first installment here to meet Shelle Lichti, who has been driving for 25 years. As the founder of LGBT Truckers, she’s helping move an entire community toward the future, while building a safe, accepting space for all. Ongoing, we’ll be engaging with female-led groups who hold events, build communities, and provide resources for women in the industry – Women in Trucking, REAL Women in Trucking, and S.H.E. Trucking, to name a few.
We’re kicking things off with a partnership with Women in Trucking at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), where Uber Freight will have a booth at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event, taking place on Saturday, March 30th. If you’re attending this year, come say hello. We’d love to hear your story.