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International Women’s Day

03.8.2018 - 9:56 PM Comments: 0

Progressive companies around the world are actively supporting women's advancement and working to accelerate gender parity. These companies maintain a strong connection between their higher purpose and their business - and they understand the importance of women's contribution to society. They value diversity and inclusion, and lead the way when it comes to attracting and retaining female talent within their progressive workforce.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one in the government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Therefore, International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continues to grow from strength to strength.

Today marks another great day to celebrate (IWD) and we are going to look at the trucking industry and the achievement of women in the industry. Women now comprise more than half the working population and are visible in management and professional careers, and yet they still represent less than 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization concerned with expanding opportunities for women in business.

While the trucking industry historically has been a male-dominated environment, it’s evident that we are moving forward in leveraging the great talent of women in leadership roles. Strong, courageous, innovative women have helped to transform the ways we think about and use transportation. Their contributions have enhanced safety and increased the efficiency of all modes. This mural represents some of the thousands of women who have made a difference in the transportation industry.

Last year, a woman became chairman of American Trucking Associations for the first time when Barbara Windsor, president and CEO of Hahn Transportation, held the position.

Anne Ferro is now the second woman to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Deborah Hersman is the first woman to chair the National Truck Safety Board.

Judy McReynolds is CEO of Arkansas Best Corp., one of the largest publicly traded trucking companies in the country.

Women in the trucking industry are becoming more visible and more welcome as leaders, and for the second consecutive year, The automotive world has recognized women’s contributions for years now, and there were just as many admirable women demonstrating leadership within the trucking industry. Women have contributed a lot to the trucking industry in the recent years hence these women need to be rewarded and motivated to go on with their works. Addressing safety issues, harassment and discrimination in the trucking industry is a big part of what the industry should be looking at. By alleviating the negative challenges for women drivers, Women in trucking hope to encourage more females to enter the industry.

UTECH appreciates all female employees and all powerful and strong women around the world. All women have a great role in life, whether it is being a mother, a friend, or role model. Please take the time to call the women in your life and let them know you are grateful for everything they do for you and for others. Dear Ladies, Happy International Women’s Day!

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