VOL 1, 2017 ISSUE

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From Cookies to Truck Cabs

First Aid, Cookie Sales, Saving Water, Hiker, Outdoor Adventurer, International World Friendship, Jeweler, Archery--these are the kinds of badges people normally associate with the Girl Scouts. But the range of skills and knowledge that earns a badge now includes some very 2017 topics, including Netiquetter, Screenwriter and Public Policy.

And now as a result of lobbying by Ellen Voie, President & CEO of Women In Trucking Association, there’s also now a Women In Trucking Transportation patch for Girl Scouts.

Sarah Thompson, Manager of Solutions at Freightquote, an important Holland customer, heard Ellen speak at a professional meeting. Sarah, the mother of two girls involved in Girl Scouts, was eager to make this patch part of her daughters’ troops curriculum. She arranged with Freightquote to use their building for the required event, but she also needed a truck and a driver.

“I got the request from our contact at Freightquote to provide a truck and driver for the patch event,” says Matt Bir, the Kansas City Terminal Manager. “We were glad to help and give these young girls the opportunity to learn more about trucking and how it affects their lives.”

So, on a Saturday, over a dozen girls had the chance to climb in and around a Holland semi-tractor and trailer. In the process, they learned a few things about the equipment as well as the vital role trucking plays in their everyday lives.

“Their favorite part of the event was being inside the trailer,” Sarah says. “They were amazed by the size of it. They also gave the horn a pretty good workout. I know we got things turning in their heads because I heard from several moms telling me how their daughters would spot a truck and explain how it works and how everything they buy was probably delivered by truck.”

When you talk to long-time drivers, many of them relate how, as a child, some incident lit an interest in trucking that led them to a career behind the wheel. Whether any of the girls in Kansas City had a life-changing experience remains to be seen, but Matt says that women climbing into the cab of a truck are becoming a common site.

“As recently as eight years ago, when I was a supervisor at our Louisville terminal, seeing a woman in the cab was a rarity,” Matt says. “Today, I don’t even really notice. We hired three women drivers in just the last six months. They get treated the same as any other driver. They’ve shown they can do the job. I think you will see more and more women, including some former Girl Scouts, behind the wheel of trucks.”  

“Holland is an equal opportunity employer," according to Ann Thorp, a Holland Driver Recruiter. "We are committed to ensuring that female drivers enjoy the same great careers as other drivers. We partner with organizations like Women in Trucking to employ women, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by females on the road today.”

Learn more about career opportunities for women on our Women In Trucking page.

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