Founded in 2017, the Women in Trucking (WIT) organization supports ambitious students, drivers, and professionals in the trucking industry who seek to grow their skills through classroom and vocational training. The organization is made up of corporations, foundations, and individuals who value professional development in the trucking industry and are committed to seeing it grow.
Their primary goal is to support and encourage women in the industry through working together toward gender equality. They do this through raising funds for scholarships, evaluating applications, and distributing funds to schools to make sure that women in the trucking industry have the support they need to grow.
Any individual identifying as female who will be attending a training facility for the purpose of advancing their career in the areas of safety, driving, technical, or leadership in the trucking industry is eligible for a WIT scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to 10-12 students twice a year.
Women in the Industry
More and more women are joining the trucking industry—in 2008, only 4.9% of the industry workforce was made up of women. In 2017, that number had jumped to 6.2%. There’s still a long way to go, but more and more women are realizing the benefits of working in the industry, and now they have the support they need.
The WIT just announced its second annual Top Women to Watch in Transportation listing. “It is exciting to see so many remarkable women not only pushing the envelope in their own careers but also supporting women around them,” WIT President and CEO Ellen Voie said.
The National Transportation Institute is once again partnering with WIT to facilitate the data collection, and the analysis, of the WIT Index. This survey, published annually, studies the percentage of women working as professional drivers and in management positions. This information is extremely valuable for monitoring the efforts for gender equality in the trucking industry.
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