Only 12.5% of all truck transportation workers are women. Less than eight percent are drivers. Despite this small percentage, there is a growing amount of organizations, advocates, events, and resources for women in the industry. For National Women’s History Month, we’re honored to share and celebrate some of their stories.
Sharae Moore is a prime example of the philosophy, “When something doesn’t exist, build it yourself.” Four years ago, she transitioned from medical care into truck driving. “I needed a break,” she says, “and I wanted to be free and see the world.” She got out on the road and quickly noticed the lack of resources for women drivers, from truck stop supplies to an encouraging community. To fill this void, Sharae founded S.H.E. Trucking, an apparel line and mentorship organization.
In addition to its collection of hats and tees, “Sisterhood. Helping. Empowerment Trucking” provides guidance and support for women drivers, especially those who are new to trucking. It has grown to almost 3,000 members, representing women in close to 30 countries and gaining attention from people outside of the industry. Sharae and S.H.E. Trucking were recently featured in the Community Voices of Facebook video series, showcasing just what can happen when women raise each other up and advocate for one another. Moving forward, Sharae wants to add an educational component to S.H.E. Trucking’s offerings. For now, she’s fiercely standing by this notion of community, “I want to give women the opportunity to come together and communicate . . . and become a family.”
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into the industry?
“I have family in the industry, but I was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for eight years before I started driving. I did a lot of home health care as a CNA, and I lost some of my elderly patients. I just felt like I needed a career change for a better life. Trucking saved me. It’s an escape. When you’re in a bad situation and you need to get out, you get in this truck and you don’t have to look back for a long time.”
Describe your experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.
“It’s hard! Think about truck stops. As a woman, you can’t just park anywhere. And people don’t understand how many women drivers are out there and what they need. Like when I want to get a pair of gloves in size small but the only ones they have are size large. The biggest challenge I noticed, though, is finding resources for women drivers.
I never had any problems with men in my training. I know other women who have had issues with sexual harassment. I’m thankful and blessed for that. And the industry is changing for the better. They know we’re out here, and it’s more common for women to be drivers now.”
Tell us about S.H.E. Trucking. How did it evolve?
“This is the third year of S.H.E Trucking. I started it because I didn’t see any apparel that said I was a lady trucker. I always just saw “trucker wife” or other male representations of women in the industry. I looked at every truck stop and there was nothing that showed I was a proud woman truck driver. I started making my own t-shirts, and people asked where I got them which led to the clothing line.
I started the S.H.E Trucking Sisterhood Facebook group because I started running into a lot of women at truck stops. At that time, women didn’t really talk to each other and there was nothing bringing us together. I want to give women the opportunity to come together and communicate, develop a community, and become a family. And it’s working! I see women meeting up, talking, and getting together on the road.”
What’s your vision for the future of S.H.E Trucking?
"Hopefully, we’ll see more women joining the industry. I want to build something like a sorority rather than an association, where it feels like family and brings back core values into trucking. I’d like women to continue to be proud of being in this industry and of driving trucks.”
What advice do you have for women looking to get into the industry?
“Do your research and then go for it. Don’t come out here blind. Watch videos, look at websites, ask other drivers (like in the S.H.E. Trucking Facebook group). Be aware and ask plenty of questions. Then take your time. A lot of people come out here and they rush. They want to pass the test the first time and start working, so they don’t take the time to really learn. Just slow down!
On the road, be aware of your surroundings. Park in well-lit spaces. And be serious about this job, because it’s a business. I think some people come out here and think this is a vacation. We travel and sometimes you take that for granted, but I want people to get more serious about this industry.”
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