Has the trucking industry improved at all for women in terms of harrassment by other male drivers?
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
I'm a 24 year old woman from Canada and I've worked plenty of different jobs, all of which i was very good at. But lately I've been really wanting a change and it occured to me that the two things I love more than anything is driving a big truck and driving down the highway.
From the time I was a baby till 8 years old I spent most of my time in a big rig with my dad while my mom went back to work. I loved it! Currently my dad is retired but one of my brothers actually owns his own trucking company.
I guess you can say it kind of runs in the family. I've been really interested in getting my Class 1 and possibly going up north to work on the rigs at some point.
The only thing that concerns me is that i'm fairly young, i'm a female, I'm attractive and fairly small (5'1) but i've got an attitude to boot (having been raised by mostly men and most of my friends are men).
I would like to get some feedback from males as well as female drivers. Am I going to have that difficult of a time pursuing this type of work?? It's something I've always wanted to do and I know I would love it but reading up about stories on the internet is starting to make me second guess my decision.
I'm an excellent driver, I've driven trucks forever .. I lack experience driving a semi but I know I can do it! I'm by no means concerned about how well I will get the job done.. but more so if the harassment is really as bad as I'm reading up on?
I'm a very social person and I love interacting with everyone.. Am I going to have to avoid truck stops because there's that many ignorant male drivers out there, I wouldn't be able to kick back with the guys cause i'm a girl??? Am I not going to be able to talk on the CB without having crude comments blurted out to me left and right??
I have no problem putting someone in their place, I'm a master at it and I love being put to the test haha
But honestly is it really that bad out there?? I'd appreciate any feedback.