It is officially March, meaning that spring is around the corner. This also means that it is officially Women’s History Month. While women make up only around 7% of drivers in the trucking industry, they make a big impact on the industry as a whole. Many women also work in trucking businesses on the administrative side and their roles are just as important. Here at ExpressTrucktax, we are dedicated to making sure truckers and trucking companies have the best Form 2290 filing experience possible. We also appreciate all the hard work women in the trucking industry do and have done in the past.
Historically there were many women that had major contributions to the transportation industry. One of these women included Mary Fields. Born into slavery, she was the second woman to be hired by the U.S. Postal service in 1895 and navigated dangerous routes to deliver mail earning her the nickname Stagecoach Mary. She paved the way not only for women but for African-Americans in the transportation industry.
Another woman who played an important role in the transportation industry was Luella Bates, the first woman to be issued a commercial driving license in 1920 after driving for the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company during WWI. She was one of many women hired to take over jobs that had been performed by men before the war. She was chosen as one of the first employees to test and demonstrate the company’s commercial trucks. Even after the war ended Bates stayed in her position and continued on as a demonstrator and a driver.
In the 1970s, another woman played a major role in the transportation industry. Adriesue “Bitsy” Gomez founded the Coalition of Women Truck Drivers in order to fight hiring discrimination, sexism, and sexual harassment in the trucking industry. Their first mission included a push for female bathrooms at truck stops and it didn’t stop there. Her work paved the way for many women entering the trucking industry and many women-centered trucking organizations such as Women in Trucking and REAL Women in Trucking.
In the 1980s, the United States congress officially recognized March as Women’s History Month to dedicate an entire month to honor the achievements and accomplishments of women. More and more women are contributing to the trucking industry each year. In order to prevent harassment during driver training, many companies have women train and empower other women so that they can succeed in the industry and not be deterred from their pursuits.
Here at ExpressTruckTax we value and honor our women clients and all the work and effort they put into helping deliver goods across the country. We know it can be challenging to balance a full-time driving job, having a family, and being successful in an industry where men make up the majority. We want to thank you for everything you do for us and strive to provide you with the best and most stress-free Form 2290 filing experience possible.
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