Women are entering the truck driving industry at record numbers, although they still only make up 5.8 percent of the workforce, according to figures from the American Trucking Association.
While women still face obstacles in the male-dominated industry, more companies are also recruiting women, working to incorporate them into the workforce and change attitudes.
The primary reason for the jump in interest from women, says Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women In Trucking Association Inc., is better pay with a low barrier to entry. Additionally, a nationwide shortage of drivers has more companies realizing that women are an untapped market.
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