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Women Who Work as Truck Drivers

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This presentation was created and delivered for the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau – Women Moving America Forward webinar held on March 23, 2016. The purpose of this presentation was to give an accurate analysis of retention difficulties for women entering truck driver training with personal strategies for success and organizational solutions.

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Women Who Work as Truck Drivers

  1. 1. Women Who Work As Truck Drivers Presented by Desiree Ann Wood President/Founder REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. 501 (c) (6) Truck Driver Association For the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Women Moving America Forward Webinar
  2. 2. @TruckerDesiree
  3. 3. Let’s Connect! LinkedIn: Desiree Wood “Trucker Desiree” Twitter: @TruckerDesiree @WomenTruckers Facebook: “REAL Women in Trucking, Inc.”
  4. 4. The REAL Deal on Women Truckers Dependable, Dedicated, Diligent …. … often overlooked, marginalized and stereotyped by the their industry Women Trucker Quote: You gotta work twice as hard to be considered bottom of the pile out here
  5. 5. Women Are Not New To Trucking ! Luella Bates Circa 1918 Rusty Dow Circa 1944 Adriesue “Bitzy” Gomez Circa 1977
  6. 6. Recognition for Sex Appeal not Aptitude Public Perception Trucking Industry Would it be acceptable to hold a beauty contest for Male CEO’s to recognize their work? GENDER STEREOTYPE
  7. 7. • Can I drive? • Do I understand my responsibility to highway safety? • Do I have the ability to learn something outside of my comfort zone? • Can I be alone for long periods of time? • Can I climb? • Can I lift and/or maneuver at least 75lbs? • Can I survive on very low pay for 6 months? • Can I go without a shower for a couple days? Conduct an Honest Personal Assessment
  8. 8. Choosing a CDL School Step One Step Two • Read the FAQ on our website • Watch our video on choosing a CDL School • Interview training carriers before selecting a CDL School • Seek out community colleges and technical schools for CDL training • Select a preferred entry-level truck driving carrier • Google the carrier name followed by the word “complaints” • Be prepared to be with your trainer at least 35 to 45 days over the road for most cases • Pack Light & Be Ready to Learn
  9. 9. Why Research Training Carriers First?
  10. 10. Washington State Department of Licensing Bates Technical College ~ South Campus Tacoma, Washington Program covers 2 quarters 720 hours program A total of 40 college credits $5857.58 is total tuition Title IV FAFSA-based funding is available to qualified persons, as well as other State grants (depending on whether they are a dislocated worker, low-income WA State resident 1 year, on public assistance, on Food Stamps, etc.) They average 1 female student per class of 12 • Grays Harbor College • Bates Technical School • Big Bend Community College
  11. 11. Truck Driver Pay • Gender Wage Gap • Local jobs = Additional Labor • Over the Road (OTR) = .CPM
  12. 12. Set Up To Fail JUST SAY NO! Team Driving Student Fleets and Lease Trucks Pushed on Student Truckers • Team Freight Moved by Student Labor is NOT SAFE training! • Trainers are not teaching when team freight is the business model of the carrier. • Single Women are at a higher risk for sexual assault & harassment at team driving training carriers. • Training carriers that have lease trucks manipulate new drivers to buy them.
  13. 13. • Seek a mentor who has knowledge of the type of driving you will be doing. • Don’t let others do your work! It’s fine to accept help but you must learn to do by yourself. • Your goal is to become a personally responsible , safe driver. • When the conversation begins to turn personal, bring it back to professional Personal Strategies
  14. 14. ORGANIZATIONAL SOLUTIONS • Be Honest • Evaluate your corporate culture using an outside 3rd party and make changes. • Mentorship Programs: Internal/External • Innovate new business models
  15. 15. If you would like more information on strategies to attract and retain women as truck drivers please email me Desiree Wood realwomenintrucking@gmail.com

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