REAL Drivers, REAL Issues
Empowered, Badass, Educator
Our goal is to empower drivers to take charge of their own careers and be the best, badass versions of themselves. We also aim to equip drivers with the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed and make their mark on the industry by providing education and resources that address the real issues they face.
We are veteran truck drivers committed to supporting women in the industry through our advocacy efforts.
Our mission is to deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education, and advocacy.
As strong supporters of highway safety, we fully support the mission of delivering safety through leadership, mentorship, education, and advocacy. These pillars provide a comprehensive approach to ensuring that all drivers have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to make our roads safer for everyone. We are confident that through this mission, we can make a meaningful impact on reducing accidents and saving lives on our highways.
REAL Women in Trucking encourages all drivers to unite and become advocates for the industry in order to improve the work and lifestyle environment.
Together, we have the power to create a better future for all drivers in the trucking industry. We can achieve positive outcomes by uniting and advocating for improvements in the work and lifestyle environment and ensuring everyone has access to the resources and support necessary to achieve their goals. We aim to bring attention to the challenges faced by female truckers and work towards creating positive changes in the industry.
RWIT in Washington DC Raising Awareness of Issues that Affect Truck Drivers
Free Trainings and Resources
Whether you're considering a career in trucking or are already a driver, there's always something new to learn. Whether it's items to pack when you're heading out on the road or questions you should be asking a potential employers, we've got your covered. Our REAL Women in Trucking members share their thoughts and suggestions here.
So, you’re interested in becoming a truck driver? WONDERFUL! Having your commercial driver’s license (CDL) can open up a world of opportunities: from cross-country long-haul trips to being home every night with your family, working for a carrier or being an owner-operator. The commercial trucking industry can be a good career. REAL Women in Trucking is committed to helping ladies find success as drivers.
There is limited space on a truck and your trainer will likely have most compartments occupied with their belongings. Pack light during your first six months because you may have to switch trucks and you need to be able to pack quickly and maybe travel on a bus or plane so do not accumulate things that you may have to leave behind. Use this list of basics as a guide
Questions you should be asking before selecting a training program and before selecting an employer:
☐ Is trainee pay guaranteed and what is the small print on that policy?
☐ How long is the training?
☐ Is the team driving a phase of training? If so, how long?
☐ What is the training pay for the 1st month, 3 Months, 6 months, 6-12 months?
We strive to make an impact in the lives of women truckers. And with your support, we can continue to grow our mission - to provide reliable resources for women truck drivers, and make a difference towards a safe space for women in the trucking industry.
What they say about us...
REAL Women in Trucking is a safe haven - most especially to the new female truck drivers. This is somewhere you can be heard.
The issues that the REAL Women in Trucking tackles are important not just for women but everybody in the community.
Idella M. Hansen
REAL Women In Trucking is about EDUCATION and to make a REAL difference.
Real Women in Trucking
Sexual assault/Sexual harassment (SASH) in trucking is a very specific issue that primarily affects new entrants to the industry and individuals from non-dominant groups who are vulnerable such as LGBTQIA+. Gender Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH) is intolerable in any work setting, this includes trucking.
Real Women in Trucking is represented by Gupta Wessler PLLC, a public interest law firm, and Upturn, a non-profit that advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology, and that has previously published research on Facebook’s algorithmic bias.