Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jon Holtzman

Second Advisor

Dr. Linwood Cousins

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarah Hill


Gender, labor, sexual harassment, safety, micro aggression

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Of the over 500,000 professional truck drivers within the United States, only six percent are women. Ten in-depth interviews focus on the safety issues that women truck drivers face over1 the road. Stereotypical masculine norms are encouraged in male dominated fields, and it is when stereotypical masculinity is endorsed that sexual harassment and assault is much higher. I argue that women truck drivers are forced into a double-bind situation in which they attempt to make themselves visible as equals, while simultaneously hiding themselves for safety. I aim to not only broaden the understanding of the issues faced by professional women truck drivers, and explore the changing concept of what constitutes "women's work."