Posted on 03/08/2017 at 08:25 AM by Dena Boelter
Don Hummer Trucking proudly employs female drivers. Currently, 7.1% of our fleet are females. Many mistakenly think that female truckers began to emerge in the 1970s and 1980s. However, during World War I & II, women began driving trucks because of a driver shortage that was caused primarily because of the men going to war.
Many women began their driving careers during this time and many transported mail in both the United States and Europe.
Women endured harsh working conditions in a job that was deemed a "Men Only Job". In times of peace, after the men returned from the battlefield, they demanded "their" jobs back. Working women were perceived as taking available jobs away from men.
There are many women truckers who have worked hard to pave the way for current female drivers. One such driver was Rusty Dow. In the 1940s, Rusty was the first female driver to conquer the Alaskan Highway. Rusty recalls a time when she was under her truck completing some repairs. She overheard two men talking and one told the other, "If it becomes so tame that women can drive then it's time to roll our sleeping bags and move on to the next job." Rusty said that she was often perceived as not belonging in a trucker's world, but said that she was primarily treated very kindly.
A few famous female truckers include Della Reese and Bea Arthur. The last century has seen many changes in trucking and the perceptions of female contributions in industries that are typically dominated by men. We are honored to employ female drivers and celebrate the many women who have blazed a trail for today's women who move America's freight!
Submitted by Dena Boelter
Rusty Dow and Student
Female Driver Operating Dump Truck 1937