A lot of talk has been coming out about equality for women drivers. I may not drive, but I'm out here everyday also. I see where the equality is not there in many different aspects. Driver or just a woman in trucking, things do need to change.
I, like a lot of women, don't talk much about it for I would rather prove it. I'll throw straps and chains, help tarp, and do all the behind the scenes stuff. My first time strapping was over a year ago, and in my infinite newness, I threw the strap wrong. People who flatbed know that if you throw it basketball style, it'll come back on your head. Trust me, doesn't feel very good. But, I had the "steering wheel holder" mentality and knew it all, so when Lou tried to tell me how to throw it, my response was, "I got this." The next thing I knew, BAM!!! Followed by me allowing Lou to teach me. He still to this day picks on me about having to prove something. I've learned from that and since then that I don't have to try as hard to prove myself.
Just a warning, this will be more controversial than what a lady's article will say for I'm going completely into everything.
We have to run the cb when oversized. A driver will let us know he's coming up, and I'll thank him for the notice, let him know when he/she can come back over. The next thing you will here is "you should be at home, barefoot and pregnant," "whore," "cum bucket," "you sound sexy," "what are you wearing," etc. Newsflash! I'm not a whore, can't get pregnant, and could be 500 lbs with bacne, 5 necks, and a nasty b.o. wearing a french maid costume. Still wanna talk to me on the radio? Women should be able to freely talk on the radio like professionals. It's ridiculous that this is the constant harassment we deal with. Guess what? We're out here, we aren't going anywhere, and you need to deal with it!
Go to a shop, call a broker/consignee/shipper, etc. You will have them ask if you can have the driver call them instead of the office. When you say you're in the truck, you get a shocked sound from who it was. What? Didn't think a woman could be in the truck. Are you seriously stuck in the 40's?
Next one! There are co-pilots. Some of them, like myself, have physical disabilities that make it where we can't drive. Can I walk? Yes. Can I always walk and feel my legs? NO. Could I drive? Maybe. Is it worth your family's life for me to prove myself? No. So, I don't. Ask Lou what I do. Ask those who truly know me what I do. I'm not a "seat cover," "just a passenger," or whatever derogative sexist term you can come at me with. I do 90% of the paperwork, I deal with permits, faxes, bill ladings, dispatch, safety, accounting, brokers, shippers, consignees. On top of this, I network with several truck stops, chrome shops, trucking companies, web sites, advocates, etc. I try to stay up to date on my social media accounts and web sites while doing research for countless drivers, doing some life coaching, and trying to ensure Lou is okay. The term is Trucker's Voice. Meaning one trucker, and it is one trucker at a time if I can manage to work with them one on one. I represent more than one now, I represent thousands. But, I don't represent all and will never pretend to. I do not deserve to have people who don't like me going down to sexist crap like "she's a sleeper leaper/truck troll/whore/lot lizard." It truly depicts intelligence when you do that stuff.
My hats off to the women drivers for I know you get it worse. The old school women have paved a major way for the new women truckers and co-pilots. These attitudes that women don't belong, I have one thing to say to you. I dare you to bring that macho man mentality home to your trucking wife and see how fast she pulls a frying pan. That's right, you wouldn't act this way to your wife, so why treat someone else's wife/daughter/sister that way? Just some food for thought.