Women in the Logistics and Trucking Industry

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“Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10% of the world’s income, and own 1% of the means of production.”

This is a popular, well-known slogan that encompasses the imbalance between employment, ownership and recompense that women face when it comes to paid work and even unpaid work. There’s a vast underestimation in existence regarding “women’s work” all over the planet. Household labor and unpaid work is almost never taken into account, and there is also a massive parity concerning access to the employment industry as a whole as well as general compensation, in comparison to men, when it comes to paid labor. Also, only a small percentage of women actually retain ownership of assets.

female lap viewThere are currently less women employed in the logistics and trucking industry than there are men, but more women are entering this male-dominated line of work. They are overcoming hurdles in the field and challenging the traditional ways that work is organized and carried out when it comes to logistics. They are also performing tasks in the industry that have essentially been carried out mainly by men, assuming both technical and operational responsibilities, and gradually changing the stereotypes of both the industry and society as a whole.
More and more industries, including the logistics and trucking industry, are beginning to attract and retain women as part of a talented workforce, and are utilizing their talents to their fullest potential. In the transport and logistics sector, the data on the number of women employed in the field does suggest, however, that female employees are still far and few when it comes to this particular line of work. Gender parity is still in existence, and this is true in terms of both the overall number of employees in the field and the structure of pay for these employees. This is the case in numerous other industries as well.

In the logistics and supply chain sectors, to this day, very few women have actually been able to assume top positions. Sadly, this is occurring in more countries than just the United States. A number of international organizations, like the UN and the ILO, have conducted several studies on this subject in countries all over the world and the results are the same, regardless of location.

trucksThere are various preconceived notions that dictate the employment of females in the logistics and trucking industry. The cultural image of this field is generally conceived to be masculine in nature. The vast majority of the jobs in this line of work, including technical, operational and/or trucking jobs are considered to be “men’s jobs.” It has actually been said that driving a truck involves long periods of time away from home and family. But the truth is, long-distance, over-the-road transport jobs are only a small portion of this industry in general, which is something that was confirmed by a study Volvo conducted. Another belief is that physical strength is required to be able to drive a truck. These are all reasons why presently, less than 1% of all truck drivers are women.

Thankfully, the number of women employed in the logistics and trucking sector is increasing with time. As women continue to break through stereotypical barriers and prove themselves worthy of employment in this line of work, they are slowly infiltrating the sector and rising to higher positions in the process. We are proud to have so many hard working, incredible woman working with us here at Best Yet Express!

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