The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the employment of women in trucking as well as promoting their accomplishments and reducing the hurdles they face. So, it should come as no surprise that WIT has a vested interested in the statistics surrounding women in the trucking industry. When the department of labor (DOL) reported that women drivers dipped to 5.1%, WIT raised an eyebrow at the statistic. After examining how DOL obtained its data, WIT realized DOL wasn’t tracking accurate job positions or counting the right women.
WIT Joins Forces with NTI
To find the most accurate data regarding women in trucking, WIT collaborated with the National Transportation Institute (NTI) to amend the questions researchers ask trucking companies. NTI added two new questions to help distinguish between women truck drivers and women leaders in transportation companies. With this new line of inquiry, NTI found that women truck drivers accounted for 7.13% in January of 2017. This percentage grew to 7.89% by the end of the year. Women in management saw similar growth from 23% at the start of 2017 to 23.75% by its close.
These numbers differ from DOL’s. For the same timeframe, DOL reported women accounted for 5.1% of truck drivers and 18.1% of leadership positions within trucking companies. WIT contends this is because what DOL counted as truck driving jobs were not always accurate reflections of traditional drivers. As a result, DOL’s numbers became less reliable. To monitor the true number of women in the trucking industry better, WIT and NTI developed the WIT Index.
Combating the Driver Shortage
While WIT and NTI took a deeper look at the number of women in trucking, the gender divide remains stark. Although WIT aims to help women achieve positions at all levels within the trucking industry, they believe more women in leadership positions will reap the most rewards. If women can see other women in positions of power, it helps remove fears of male-dominated workplaces with limited upward trajectory. This can encourage more women to apply for trucking positions and help ease the driver shortage.
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