As part of their 100 Women series, BBC News has published a feature today about women who drive lorries, featuring interviews with women who are still a minority in the profession and often considered unusual.
Lorry drivers (or truckers) from the UK, US and Pakistan discuss how they are perceived by the public at large for subverting the usual trucker stereotypes, as well as the treatment they receive in a male-oriented environment—from sexist jokes to moral outrage to acceptance and support by their male colleagues.
One possible misconception is the idea that trucking requires a high level of physical strength, which is less and less the case as lorries adopt hi-tech equipment and automation.
In other areas, such as safe driving, managing equipment, paperwork and customer interaction, the article touches on the idea that women drivers might actually have the edge.
(Source: BBC News)