Women in Trucking Association (WIT) celebrates a decade in the trucking industry
Women in Trucking Association (WIT), a nonprofit organization, celebrates its 10th anniversary. The organization was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry. To promote their accomplishments and to ease the difficulties with which the women might be faced in the trucking industry.
Over the past 10 years, the organization has made a remarkable progress in the mission of encouraging women to join the trucking industry. They now enjoy equal rights and have equal pay, as their male colleagues.
The latest research shows that, there are around 7% of women currently in the trucking industry. But that number is rising steadily and it is expected to rise up to 50% by 2020.
However, the WIT Association has made some great steps to help to raise awareness and increase the number of women, through some initiatives.
They have created the WIT Index in partnership with the National Transportation Institute to monitor the increase in women employed in the trucking industry.
The WIT has established the annual Accelerate! Conference and Expo to promote gender diversity. They even have created few awards, to recognize women such as, “Distinguished Woman in Logistics”, “Influential Woman in Trucking” and the annual event “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel.”
Members of the organization have appeared on panels, attended trade shows, spoken at various functions to promote their work. They also, have established the Women in Trucking Scholarship Foundation to help fund training in transportation, including safety, technical and leadership areas, as well as for commercial driving opportunities.
The Women in Trucking Association has grown over the years and now has more than 4,5000 members, including carriers, suppliers, industry professionals, drivers and students. Around 16% of the WIT members are men, who support the goals of the organization.
“We’re so grateful for the hard work and dedication of our members, board members and partners over the past 10 years,” says Ellen Voie, founder, WIT president and CEO. “We have a long way to go, but we’ll keep working to engage more women at all levels of the transportation industry. Together, we can drive the industry forward.”