There’s a really good article on Trucknews.com now from Motortruck Fleet Executive editor Carolyn Gruske. It’s called A Woman’s Job and looks at the types of issues women in the trucking industry deal with on a regular basis. It’s not all bad, but they do have to put up with a lot of crap they shouldn’t have to deal with. Here’s a quote from Jenn Duval, a Kriska Transport driver from Guelph, Ont. But I suggest you give the whole thing a read, because it’s an interesting, well-balanced piece that covers both the bad (sexism) and the good (equal pay, regardless of gender). Over to you, Jenn…

“The toughest thing about being a woman driver? I would say from when I started to where I am now, I have definitely grown a backbone. You have to be strong, otherwise you get walked all over out there. For the most part, most of the male truck drivers are always willing to help, always willing to give you a hand, but you have that certain percentage where they’ll just look at you with that, ‘you’re a woman, you shouldn’t be out here, you should be at home with the kids’ attitude.”

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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