women in trucking at fcc

women in trucking at fcc

Trucking Pioneers

Trailblazing women from all across are starting to consider trucking as a possibility, whether it be women just entering the workforce or wanting a lifestyle change. Forward-thinking companies recognize this trend, and a industry-wide push to hire more women drivers has led to women making up over 10 percent of over-the-road drivers, 23 percent climb in executives, and 43.5 percent of the overall non-executive workforce in trucking. Women have been pushing the numbers for years now, such as:

  • Over-the-road women truck drivers increased to 10.2 percent in 2019. A 29.2 percent increase from the year prior.
  • When combining all trucking categories together, 38.1 percent of fleet safety is managed by women.
  • While roughly 10 percent of truck drivers are women, only 4 percent of diesel technicians or mechanics are women

Challenges

 

• Pay extra attention to where you’re stopping and walking at night. Don’t roll down your window for anyone other than police or someone you know.

• Women may face criticism from coworkers or loading dock personnel. Don’t be daunted by bad attitudes. Ignore disrespect and laser-focus on the work.

• Staying connected to family and friends via Skype, Facetime, or even texting.

Inspirational Women

Luella Bates (1897-1985) was the pioneer who first showed the world what women could do behind the wheel. During WWII, she stepped into a traditionally male job to fill the vacancies left by the war. Luella was such an excellent truck driver that she stayed on after the war ended, outperforming her male counterparts.

Lillie Drennan (1897-1974), with her 10-gallon hat and loaded revolver, she was quite an intimidating figure. She became the first licensed female truck driver, and the first woman to own her own fleet. Lillie was also a staunch advocate for gender and racial equality. She personally hired and trained her diverse and exceptionally safe workforce. More about her here.

Adriesue “Bitsy” Gomez (1943-2015) followed in their footsteps. Bitsy formed the Coalition of Women Truck Drivers to combat the pervasive sexism in trucking culture. Through victories in the courts and successful public relations campaigns, Bitsy helped break down the barriers that were keeping women out of trucking.

The Women In Trucking Association has named FCC as a 2019 Top Company For Women In Transportation Award recipient.

Job Openings

FCC offers a wide range of transportation services including: dedicated, medium to long haul van, midwest regional, southwest regional, local van capacity, and flatbed. In addition to an award-winning fleet and cutting-edge maintenance facilities, FCC has an administrative team working around the clock.