Empowering Women in Trucking

Women are making significant strides, and organizations like the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) are leading the charge.
Empowering Women in Trucking
Season 1 Episode 11

The trucking industry has long been a male-dominated field, but the tide is turning. Women are making significant strides, and organizations like the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) are leading the charge. In Season 1 Episode 11 of the Drive podcast, Zac Elsts sat down with Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT, to discuss the mission of her organization and the evolving landscape of the trucking industry for women.

People Over Trucks: Ellen’s Passion for the Industry

Ellen’s passion for trucking is palpable. “The part that I love about the trucking industry is that it’s people, it’s not trucks. It’s not freight, it’s not warehouses; it’s people. And as long as we remember that, it’s people, that’s where my passion is,” she shares. This human-centric approach drives her mission to make the industry more inclusive.

The Mission of Women in Trucking

Empowering Women in Trucking
Women in Trucking

Founded in 2007, the Women in Trucking Association aims to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, address obstacles that hinder their success, and celebrate their achievements. Ellen highlights that the organization represents women across all facets of the industry—from designing and building trucks to driving and managing logistics.

Breaking Stereotypes and Embracing Opportunities

Empowering Women in Trucking
Trucking Steriotypes

A significant part of WIT’s mission is to break down stereotypes and misconceptions about women in trucking. Ellen points out, “A lot of women just don’t think they can do it. They say, ‘I don’t know how to fix a truck,’ or ‘I’m not big and burly.’ Modern advancements have made the industry more accessible than ever, debunking outdated notions and opening doors for women.

A Secure and Rewarding Career Path

Empowering Women in Trucking
Job Security

Ellen also emphasizes the job security and financial benefits of a career in trucking. The pandemic underscored the essential nature of trucking, revealing how critical it is to daily life. “You can’t outsource trucking. There will always be jobs in trucking,” she notes. Additionally, women in non-traditional careers like trucking often earn more than in traditionally female-dominated fields.

Inspiring the Next Generation

For young women considering their career options, Ellen has a clear message: the trucking industry offers diverse and rewarding opportunities. Whether it’s becoming a technician, a safety director, or a dispatcher, the possibilities are vast.

Inspired by Ellen Voie’s insights and the mission of Women in Trucking?  Apply Now to explore exciting opportunities and take the first step toward a fulfilling career in trucking today!

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