The Changing Face of Trucking
Women in Motion is an initiative of the American Trucking Associations to accelerate the rise of women throughout the industry and help eliminate the roadblocks that stand in their way.
No industry is more vital to our economy than trucking; Truckers embody the most central and critical link in the U.S. supply chain, touching every aspect of our lives by delivering the goods we all depend on. And in growing numbers, women are changing the face of this essential industry.
Working with coalition partners, policymakers, and business leaders, WIM aims to create a more secure work environment for women truckers, including advocating on issues like safer truck parking and greater diversity. WIM offers career support and professional development opportunities for women in the industry, in addition to promoting trucking careers to women across the country.
Behind the wheel and on the shop floor, from the back office to the top of trade associations, Women in Motion represents a growing community of trucking's leading women who are filling every lane of the industry.
Join the movement as we work to shape the future of our industry. Connect with us to stay tuned for networking events, professional development tools, and other career resources!
WIM Advisory Board
- Jenny Abernathy, Vice President of Enterprise Capacity Development, CRST
- Cari Baylor, President, Baylor Trucking
- Amy Boerger, Vice President and General Manager North America, Cummins, Inc.
- Shelley Dellinger, Marketing and Public Relations, Cargo Transporters, Inc.
- Mandy Graham, Chief Operating Officer, Great West Casualty Company
- Wendy Hamilton, Senior Manager, Operations and Executive Support, Pilot Company
- Rhonda Hartman, Professional Truck Driver, Old Dominion Freight Line.
- Kendra Hems, President, Trucking Association of New York
- Tamara Jalving, Vice President, Safety and Talent Acquisition, Yellow
- Jaime Maus, Vice President Safety & Compliance, Werner Enterprises
- Megan Melichar, Managing Director, Finance, FedEx Ground
- Alix Miller, President & CEO, Florida Trucking Association
- Brenda Neville, President & CEO, Iowa Motor Truck Association
- Tina Peterson, Professional Truck Driver, Red Pine Transport, Inc.
- Rebecca Pohl Liette, Vice President of Marketing, Pohl Transportation
- Shellie Shellabarger, Senior Vice President, Field Operations, Stericycle
- Sarah Statlander, Vice President, Human Capital and Talent Acquisition, Yellow
- Marilyn Surber, Transportation Advisor, TenStreet
- Angela Tillery, Managing Director, Learning & Development, FedEx Freight
- Ellen Voie, President/CEO, Women In Trucking
- Sarah Wellman, Director of Government Relations, Ryder System, Inc.
The WIM Speaker's Bureau offers more than two dozen trucking professionals available for media appearances, public events, and private gatherings.
Driving Careers: Where Need Meets Opportunity
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated a long-term, nationwide shortage of truck drivers. Today, the industry is short some 80,000 drivers needed to meet the economy’s freight needs. As global supply challenges place ever greater demand on trucking, the industry will need to hire 1.1 million new drivers over the next decade to keep pace with retirements and economic growth.
It's amidst this driver shortage that more and more women are finding lucrative career opportunities in a field where they've historically been underrepresented. And the time to get into trucking could not be better: driver pay is now rising at five times its historical average, with many fleets offering sizable, ten-figure sign-on bonuses.
Truck driving offers a clear path to the middle class without the costly requirements and debt load that comes with a college degree. ATA's latest driver compensation study found that:
- Truckload drivers earned a median salary of $69,687 in 2021, plus benefits.
- Less-than-truckload drivers earned a median salary of $73,000 in 2021.
- Drivers for private fleets earned a median salary of $85,000 in 2021.
- Independent contractors for truckload fleets earned a median salary of $235,000 in 2021.
April Coolidge became a truck driver in her mid-40s after a long career in real estate. Eight years later, as the coronavirus shut down the economy, she is making more money than she ever did selling houses. Watch this video to learn more about why Coolidge decided to become a trucker and how the coronavirus has changed her time behind the wheel.
A serious lack of commercial truck parking remains a grave challenge for the trucking industry. A recent study by the Federal Highway Administration found that 98 percent of drivers regularly experience difficulty finding truck parking. Drivers surrender on average 56 minutes of available drive time per day to secure parking, amounting to a loss of $4,600 in annual income. Drivers are often forced to park in unsafe locations without access to restrooms, food, and well-lit facilities.
The availability of safe and secure truck parking is not just a challenge for current drivers, it is a barrier our industry must overcome in attracting new drivers – particularly women. That is why Women in Motion is leading efforts to grow truck parking capacity by taking delivering that message directly to government officials. It is imperative that women truck drivers have ready access to safe parking options to rest as they deliver the nation’s goods, and we will not rest until federal and state policymakers provide the necessary resources to make that happen.
Last week, we sent a letter to leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging greater federal investment toward this critical need.
In response, the committee wasted no time in passing the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act – which would authorize $755 million over the next four years to build out new parking infrastructure. The legislation will now be weighed by the full House and the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.
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ATA’s Newly Formed Women In Motion Program Pursues Safer Truck Parking
Already backing safer truck parking in Congress, the new Women In Motion initiative is taking action within days of forming to improve the working environment for women in trucking.
Launched July 15 by American Trucking Associations, Women In Motion wrote a letter July 19 to Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), leaders on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, in support of the bipartisan amendment Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act under consideration in Congress. The measure was approved by a House committee on July 20.
“In speaking with women truck drivers past and present, one of their chief concerns is their safety while on the road. No single issue encapsulates that worry more clearly than the severe lack of truck parking capacity nationwide,” noted the ATA Women In Motion Advisory Board, adding that the legislation can “open the doors” to historically shift trucking’s workforce to empower women nationally to pursue rewarding careers in an essential industry.