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Women In Trucking Association representatives meet with DOT officials

With WIT President and CEO Ellen Voie (center) are DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and at right, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.

The Trucker News Services

2/24/2011

PLOVER, Wis. — Women In Trucking (WIT) President and CEO Ellen Voie was recently invited to meet with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in Washington.  Joining them was Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro.

LaHood and members of his staff listened as Voie described some of the challenges facing women in the transportation industry and how WIT is addressing those needs.  Issues include driver harassment concerns, safety and security on the road, using technology to reduce physical limitations and other topics.

Prior to the meeting with LaHood, Voie and WIT chair Leigh Foxall spent time with Ferro and her staff exploring opportunities to encourage women to consider careers in typically male-dominated fields.  “Many of the issues women in the trucking industry face are also concerns for women in mining, timber, construction, electrical and other blue collar fields,” said Foxall, “and our goal is to reach out to these groups and find common solutions for common goals.”

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“I was honored to be invited to spend time with Secretary LaHood to share our initiatives with him,” Voie said,  “and I was especially pleased with how focused he was on learning about the Women In Trucking Association and exploring ways that our programs support the Department of Transportation’s objectives.”

Voie was also invited to participate in the White House Council on Women and Girls budget discussion with Valeria Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama and chair of the Council along with other senior administration officials.

Dorothy Cox of The Trucker staff may be contacted to comment at dlcox@thetrucker.com.

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