Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
Women In Trucking
Announces its 2019 September Member of the Month
WI – September 2, 2019 –
Women In Trucking (WIT) has announced Regan Morton as its 2019 September
Member of the Month. Morton is a professional driver with 13 years of
experience. She has been a line haul driver for YRC Freight for the past
Shane Morton is a transgender woman. She started out in life as Shane Regan
Morton, a son to parents Sam and Shirley Morton. In 2017, she came out as
transgender. A year later, she changed her name and gender.
grew up in the trucking industry. Her dad drove for over 50 years. “When I
was a child, he would take us kids with him, let us flash the lights and
talk on the CB radio. Out of the four of the kids he raised, I was the one
that wanted to go the most! I was driving his truck before I even had a
driver's license. I knew then what I wanted to be,” said Morton.
high school, her troubled youth caught up with her. She spent a year in
jail. Once she got out, she was discharged from the National Guard. “I had
to start life from the bottom of the barrel,” she said.
nothing to lose, Morton decided to go after her dream. She contacted a
local trucking company, only to learn she needed to be 23 years old and
have two years of experience. So, she spent her younger years working as a
volunteer and part-time firefighter.
had to show my community that I was a good person. After five years, the
court overturned my conviction and expunged my records. They gave me a
second chance in life. I went on doing contract work and running my own
business for 10 years,” Morton explained.
the age of 36, she
could no longer ignore the call of the road. She attended driving school
and went to work for a trucking company. She spent the next nine years
driving and learning what she liked best. Knowing that she had an interest
in LTL and Teamsters, she met with a YRC recruiter at the
Mid-America Trucking Show. “That was the beginning of my dream job,” she
that's not the end of Morton’s story. Something had troubled her all her
life. In 2010, she started to understand that there were other people like
her. The stories she heard and what she felt on the inside woke her up to
who she really was. Over the next seven years, she started to understand
2017, I sought out professional help and went on hormone replacement
therapy. What I was doing couldn't be hidden from my employer, so I knew I
had to tell my boss,” Morton explained. “At that time, I thought my job and
career was over. As I grew into the new person I was going to be, I knew
that the company would have to grow with me. Fortunately, I was blessed
with probably the best boss I could have had. She did everything she could
for me. As I grew as a person, she worked with the company and human
resources to make YRC more inclusive.”
March 2019, Morton joined WIT. “I joined Women In Trucking to support other
transgender people and hopefully get more LGBTQ people into the trucking
industry. Then, I found myself joining the gender diversity task force,”
gender diversity task force was recently formed by WIT to better understand
the needs of the LGBTQ community. WIT realizes there is a growing number of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer professional drivers and
other transportation workers. As the voice of gender diversity, the
association wants to ensure they are inclusive and to create an awareness
within the trucking industry.
“We call ourselves the
voice of gender diversity, and we’re stepping up to ensure we represent ALL
of our members by including the LGBTQ community in our efforts to attract
and retain both drivers and management in this traditionally male-dominated
industry,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO.
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Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a 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. Women In Trucking is supported by
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