Biden-Harris Administration Takes Steps To Get More Women In Trucking – Drivers
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in a statement the appointment of members to the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) to recruit, retain, support and ensure the safety of women in commercial vehicles (CMV ). drivers and strengthen the trucking industry as a whole.
The Women in Trucking Advisory Council includes 16 founding members, all women, with diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide balanced perspectives on the challenges facing women in the industry. Of these members, five are current VMC drivers and four are former VMC drivers, the rest are trainers, executives and authors. WOTAB members come from 11 states and work for small, medium and large trucking companies and as independent owner-operators, non-profit organizations, professional trucking associations and institutions of higher education. Collectively, WOTAB members have over 80 years of experience in truck, coach and port driving and over 275 years in trucking and other modes of transportation.
Members of the Women in Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB)
- Anne Balay, Facilitator at the International Union of Service Employees (School/Higher Education).
- Jerri Banks, Owner of Life on the Road (LOTR) Recruitment and Transportation Services (Driver Recruitment)
- Elisabeth Barna, Executive Vice President, American Trucking Associations (Trucking Association)
- Joyce Brenny, Brenny Transportation, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc., Founder and President (independent owner and operator)
- Enjoli DeGrasse, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Assistant Director (Labour)
- Marie Druckenmiller, Amazon, Director of Transportation (Major Carrier)
- Erin Ducharme, Chief Financial Officer, H&L Bloom/Bloom’s Bus Lines (coach)
- Laura Duryea, Boyle Transportation, Driver Recruitment, Retention & Development Manager (Medium Carrier)
- Marquita Jones, JB Hunt, Intermodal Driver (Driver)
- Kellylynn McLaughlin, Schneider National Inc., professional driver (driver)
- Dianne McNair-Smith, 3 Girls Trucking Academy, CEO (School/Higher Education)
- Sharae Moore, Founder/President, SHE Trucking Foundation (Trucking Association)
- O’Sheauna Parker (driver)
- Emily Plummer, Prime Inc., professional driver (driver)
- Soledad Munoz Smith, Munoz Trucking (small carrier)
- Nicole Ward, Co-Owner, Association of African American Women in Trucking (nonprofit)
The launch of WOTAB is another key initiative mandated by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and is part of the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan which focuses on improving job quality and hiring more people. in the trucking profession.
“America needs truck drivers like never before, but women – half of the American people – have long been undervalued and underrepresented in driving and in trucking jobs,” the US Secretary of State said. Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, in the release. “Getting to know women in trucking has taught me about their passion for the job as well as the challenges they face, and this experienced women in trucking advisory board will help us address those issues directly. We thank the members for their service and look forward to working together to bring more women into trucking and to improve the quality of jobs in this important career.
Recruiting and supporting women in transportation is a key priority for the Biden-Harris administration. “Women are significantly underrepresented in the trucking industry, holding only 24 percent of all transportation jobs,” added FMCSA Deputy Administrator Robin Hutcheson. “We anticipate many exciting ideas from the advisory board that will help increase equity and provide safe access to trucking careers for women in the industry. »
In March, Hutcheson discussed the challenges of truck drivers first-hand during a ride with an experienced driver.
WOTAB will coordinate with trucking companies, non-profit organizations and trucking associations to support women in trucking. The council will provide recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and address many issues, including:
- Assess barriers and trends impacting women in trucking across the country and ways to support women pursuing careers in trucking.
- Identify opportunities to expand women’s roles and increase the number of women in the trucking industry.
- Provide advice on policies that provide education, training, mentorship or awareness to women in the trucking industry.
- Examine opportunities to improve the safety, training, mentoring and education of women in the trucking industry.