From railways to horse and wagons, since the founding of the United States women have played an important role in contributing to and establishing the transportation industry that now keeps America functioning every day. Women participate in the trucking world now more than ever as drivers, managers, and administrative staff.
Women at Transpro Burgener
At Transpro Burgener, 15% of our workforce is comprised of women, which is more than double the national average of the total trucking industry workforce (~7%). Of the 15%, we have 8 drivers, 1 field coordinator, and 1 driver manager who was promoted from within named Michelle Waggener.
Waggener is honest about the difficulties of being a female in a male dominant industry, but despite her struggles, working hard for Transpro and our customers makes her proud. “I feel blessed to have a job that pays better than most jobs I am qualified to do,” says Waggener, “I feel blessed to be able to pay most of my bills at the end of the month. I feel blessed to be able to do this work, as hard as it is.”
The trucking industry is working hard to adapt and change as the workforce changes in order to provide a fair and safe working environment for women. Below is a list of resources and organizations that work to help lead the change for women in the trucking industry.
Resources For Women in the Trucking Industry
Organization: Women in Trucking
Mission: “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.”
- Founded in 2007, Women in Trucking (WIT) is a non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting and providing resources to women in the transportation industry. WIT advocates for women truckers by raising awareness for women related issues and conditions in trucking and educating trucking professionals and companies on how they can better accommodate women employees. For a small annual membership fee, women or businesses can join WIT to take advantage of networking opportunities and member-only events.
Organization: REAL Women in Trucking
Mission: “We are women truckers that promote safety by educating the public about unsafe truck driver training and creating a network of support for women entering trucking. By creating a reliable resource that promotes transparency we are able to mentor qualified women who wish to become commercial drivers and connect them to quality employers and services that will benefit them.”
- Real Women in Trucking (RWIT) was originally formed in 2010 as a group protesting the work conditions for women in the trucking industry. RWIT’s main focus now is to inform the professional world of ongoing issues in the transportation community.
Organization: Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative
Mission: To increase the participation of women in the transportation industry and prepare young women to become our nation’s future leaders by creating ladders of opportunity and small business’ economic competitiveness through careers, internships, strategic partnerships, and education.
- WITI strives to create opportunities for internships and employment for young women in the transportation industry.
Transpro Burgener Trucking is committed to equal employment opportunity in all facets of hiring and employment. we will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-protected basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, gender or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic traits, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.