For Immediate Release
Contact: Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking
Association Provides Support for Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce
WI – November 18, 2019 – Women In Trucking Association (WIT)
President and CEO Ellen Voie has been working with Senator Jerry Moran
(R-KS) on legislation to create a “Women of Trucking Advisory Board” with
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Voie’s Senator
Baldwin (D-WI) is the co-sponsor of the bill.
announced November 14,, will create an advisory board of “not fewer
than seven members … to contribute balanced points of view and diverse
ideas regarding the strategies and objectives … to create new opportunities
for women in the trucking industry.”
advisory board will be appointed by the FMCSA Administrator who will then
report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the
Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House
Moran co-sponsored similar legislation to create a Women in Aviation
workforce bill which was passed in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. “As
the trucking industry continues to face a driver shortage, we need to
examine new ways to recruit and retain drivers that are delivering Kansas
goods across the country,” said Sen. Moran. “Because women are
substantially underrepresented in the trucking industry, Congress should
explore every opportunity to encourage and support the pursuit of careers
in trucking by women.
applaud Senator Moran’s initiative in promoting a more diverse workforce in
the transportation industry in both aviation and trucking,” said Voie. “We
are also pleased to make this a bi-partisan effort and when we approached
Senator Baldwin to co-lead in this bill because of our state affiliation,
she was quick to agree,” Voie added.
bill will be initiated by Voie’s U.S. Representative Gallagher who went for
a ride along with one of the WIT Image Team members to better understand
the challenges female drivers face in the industry. “Since WIT is based in
Wisconsin, it is important for us to have our own Congressman and Senator
supporting this opportunity which supports our mission,” said Voie.
Promoting Women in
Trucking Workforce Act can be found here (https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/e/4/e49f6ecf-fd69-4f1e-9db0-99392bcb704e/C9EDBE9DF6EE96598418821C6634F34B.women-in-trucking-summary.pdf).
Trucking has invited Senators Moran and Baldwin to meet with one of the WIT
Image Team member’s female drivers in January. Voie stated, “We will
leverage the Wisconsin connection and provide a ride along to Senator
Baldwin in Madison in the coming weeks as her schedule permits.”
exactly supports our mission to increase the ranks of women working in the
trucking industry, to address obstacles, and to celebrate success,” Voie
added. For more information about WIT visit www.womenintrucking.org.
Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in
the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles
faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited
to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission.
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