The non-profit, Women in Trucking Association, celebrated its annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel Ceremony” on March 30th, 2019. The event was held at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. 115 female drivers attended. Several of them were recognized for their truck driving careers of 40 years or more.
Ellen Voie, the President, and CEO of Women in Trucking Association expressed her enthusiasm about the event, “The annual Salute event shows that women can thrive and enjoy a career as a professional driver. Whether they are industry veterans or newcomers, they are paving the way for women to participate and succeed in a male-dominated industry. We want them to know we see them, and they are valued.”
The ceremony included self-defense demonstrations, a live broadcast of the Women in Trucking Show and prizes for the 115 female drivers, given by the Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation. The Women in Trucking Scholarship Foundation raised $2,443 in donations from the attendees, which was matched by UPS. In addition, the foundation received a $25,000 donation from Ryder System, Inc., as well as another $5,000 donation from UPS, totaling more than $30,000 in donations from the event to help support women drivers.
Women in Trucking Association, founded nearly a decade ago, encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry and helps them to overcome obstacles that they face in the industry. Although women account for hardly more than 6% of the trucking industry, Women in Trucking Association strives to spark enthusiasm in women to join the industry and helps encourage and provide support to those already in the industry.