U.S. lawmakers introduced “women in trucking” bill, and we think it will be a game-changer
Story by: Mario Pawlowski CEO @ iTrucker
Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to take a formal role in supporting women drivers.
The Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act, introduced Nov. 14 by Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., directs the FMCSA administrator to create a Women of Trucking Advisory Board. The board would be tasked with identifying ways trucking companies, trucking associations and other groups can support women pursuing trucking careers, as well as finding opportunities to enhance training, education, and outreach programs exclusive to women. According to John Gallagher and his article in freightwaves.com.
But women in the trucking industry are not only truck drivers, but also trucking company owners and executives. The trucking industry is not only trucks, freight brokers, and shippers; it’s much more than that.
The trucking industry is evolving into the “digital trucking industry,” and it’s also changing into a very diverse environment which includes woman.
We believe that more women in trucking will help make this change faster. While preserving the traditional trucking environment as it is a way of life for many truckers on the road is essential, adapting to the fast-changing trucking industry and make way for women is also very important.
Women are already holding key positions and will be more involved in the trucking industry, now and in the future, and that’s a fact, not an assumption. From female truck drivers to female business owners, founders, and executives, they are making their way through once a “man only” industry.
The future of trucking is now! And we all have to adapt to it and accept it without hesitation. Women are on the rise, and we very excited about it here in the trucking world.
The perfect example is Margaret Siegien, Co-founder and President of iTrucker, an emerging startup, industry news provider, and one-stop-shop digital marketplace for all trucking needs. Margaret is also an Admin and co-founder of the iTrucker Facebook page with more than 35000 followers, and Admin/co-founder of one of the fastest-growing trucking-related Facebook groups – Tuckers of Past, Present, and Future.
But there are already many more women holding similar roles and positions. It’s time to give an equal share of voice in the trucking industry for the women. And the time is now!
Source and credits: iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski /freightwaves.com / John Gallagher