Calling all trucker’s wives

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Dear Editor:

There exists a group of women who are like no other. They face struggles and stereotypes that would deter many women from their chosen lifestyle. Their husbands may be gone for days or weeks at a time. Outsiders question the strength of their marriages. Many manage households, marriages, jobs and children while their men are miles from home.

These women are among the strongest, most resourceful and most empowered women on Earth. These women are truckers’ wives.

I am overwhelmingly proud to be a part of this group of amazing women. Overcoming obstacles that many men and women would find difficult is a regular thing for many of us. As a result we have learned to be independent and flexible. We are able to keep the home running smoothly while our men are away. Some of us have children we are raising, grass that we are mowing and dryers we are fixing.

In response to these daily challenges, one trucker’s wife had a brilliant idea. Kelly Livingstone (author of the Truck News column A Trucker’s Wife), decided that truckers’ wives needed a place to go to find resources and information about the industry in a women-friendly environment. We needed a place to go to check weather and road conditions. We needed a place to go to find articles that were relevant to us. We needed a place to go when we were feeling alone, overwhelmed or just in need of a friend. Thus, was born!

Since the inception of this Web site, we have grown to a community of over 300 members and our family continues to grow every day.

Whether you are a wife, girlfriend or significant other, you are welcome on the site. Come to share, learn and to find a warm place in your day where others know what you are going through. You are not alone. Wives of retired truckers, those of you who are new to this life and everyone in between will find trucking resources, tips on what to send with your driver, poems, stories, articles, personal thoughts and lots more.

I invite you to join our online family at We are a community of women, founded by women, supported by women and managed by women. We are from households all over the map. We are American, Canadian and Australian. We are wives, mothers and signficant others. We have one important element in common, we have truckers in our lives. Membership is free. The friendships are priceless.

Marianne McLaughlin

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Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry.

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