• 01-NOV-2012

  • Sweden, Jönköping

US Women Truckers Miles Ahead of Rest of the World

The transport industry is still a male-dominated sector, despite of the shortage of drivers and calls for increased equality. However, in different parts of the world, there are crusaders who are working to bring about change and Ellen Voie is one of them. Her organisation, Women in Trucking, with the support of Volvo Trucks, has helped to ensure that there are more female truck drivers in the United States than in many other countries.

About one per cent of truck drivers in Europe are women. This is a very small number but no fewer than in many other parts of the world. At the same time, the transport industry is crying out for more drivers. In the U.S., the situation is somewhat better, as women account for more than five per cent of the country's 3.2 million truck drivers. In the U.S., Women in Trucking, a non-profit organisation with just over 2,300 members, both private people and individual companies, has been working for a number of years to change attitudes and norms in the industry.

Ellen Voie, the founder and president of the organisation, says that the U.S.'s current driver shortage would be adressed by doubling the number of female truck drivers to just over 10 per cent.

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