Truckers’ Wives United Against Female Truckers

As one of the first female truckers, Edna Ruth Lievsay was a social pioneer. One of her biggest obstacles, however, turned out not to be the trucking company, or the other drivers, but the wives of the other drivers, who refused to let their husbands drive with her, claiming she represented ‘temptation’.

In 1977, 200 of the wives joined together to form a group called “Truckers Families United Unlimited, Inc.” and sued to try to force the company to allow their husbands to refuse to drive with Lievsay. The judge ruled that they had failed to state a valid complaint.

El Paso Times - May 14, 1977

The Tennessean - May 6, 1977

Washington Court House Record-Herald - May 16, 1977

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 26, 2019
     Category: Jobs and Occupations | Gender | 1970s

You just know those protesting wives could only be happy if the company had hired Large Marge.
Posted by KDP on 04/26/19 at 12:20 PM
We had similar concerns expressed by wives when we hired our first female Firefighter. Back then our job title was Fireman-Engineer which the wives pointed out...the WSMs got nowhere with their concerns.
Posted by Steve E. on 04/26/19 at 07:59 PM
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