Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Jon Holtzman
Dr. Linwood Cousins
Dr. Sarah Hill
Gender, labor, sexual harassment, safety, micro aggression
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."
Sicard, Stephanie A., "Shifting Gears of Safety: Women Truck Drivers Experience Added Safety Concerns Over the Road" (2016). Master's Theses. 686.