In todays time there seems to be a demand for female truck drivers. Society is accepting women into jobs that were formerly held by a majority of males. Past discrepancies in the trucking industry have pushed women away from jobs in trucking, and safety fears still influence women when it comes to selecting a trucking career.
Women have come a long way since Luella Bates set the standards in the 1920's and even though women in trucking is becoming more popular today, they haven't always been greeted with open arms. Since trucking used to be a male dominated profession, women would often be put in uncomfortable situations and at times even subjected to harassment and rape. Stories of women and what they faced while in the trucking industry can be found all over the web and its disgraceful to see that this led to a negative stigma attached to women in trucking careers. Since those times more and more women have been seen occupying truck driving jobs and they are joining together to not only protect themselves, but try to eliminate that negative stigma all together.
Don't let past stigmas influence your decision if you are a woman considering a career in the trucking industry. It can be tough, but also very rewarding as long as you stay safe. There are groups online you can join which are communities of women truck drivers who support each other and promote safety. Aside from joining support groups, adding some extra safety steps to your on the road routine will help calm anxiety as well. Chose parking spots wisely. Make sure you aren't secluded anywhere or parked in the back of truck stops.
Always carry basic safety tools such as a whistle around your neck and pepper spray on your keys or in your pocket. These safety tips can be used for truck drivers in general because there's no such thing as too much safety.