Throughout her career, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro has encouraged women to join the motor carrier industry. This week she took her message to the 2011 Truckload Carriers Association national convention.
Women are thriving in every sector of our society. We are leading businesses and serving at the highest levels of government. We are succeeding in careers that our mothers and grandmothers never could have imagined. And that includes not only driving big rigs, but managing their safe operations.
But I know there is an untapped pool of talented women drivers and women who would be well suited as safety managers. We know, too, that the current gender imbalance for drivers deprives trucking of a vital source of talent.
Trucking is a strong industry. It’s a leading indicator of our nation’s economic health, hauling 70 percent of the tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation. And women in trucking have contributed to that strength. But we can do a lot better.
- Be a mentor to women interested in trucking. Take time to advise others on how they can succeed and advance in their positions.
- Pay it back. Get involved at the community level so others can learn about what you do.
- Be an ambassador. Seek opportunities to represent the trucking industry. Be visible. Be accessible. Inspire someone.
Our country is made better by working women. Women have played a significant role in building and sustaining a strong economy.
Trucking can also be made better by adding women. To make that happen, we need to educate the industry on how they can benefit from every additional woman behind the wheel or in the boardroom. Let’s move forward today and continue removing the challenges that hold women back in trucking.