The Evolution of Women in Logistics
On Thursday, March 8, people and corporations all over the world celebrated International Women’s Day. This day recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women in the social, cultural, economic, and political realms and presses for progress in gender equality. As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, AFP Global Logistics has a special relationship with International Women’s Day and we celebrate the achievements of women, especially in the logistics industry. While this field may not be one traditionally associated with women, the population of female workers in logistics has increased dramatically over the last few years. Let’s take a look at the evolution of women in logistics.
A History Lesson
While the introduction of women into the logistics industry specifically can only be traced back to 1966, we can make an indirect connection between that and the needs of the American workforce during World War II. With so many men being drafted to fight for the Allies, there was a severe shortage of labor power to mass produce the materials needed for the war effort. Due in no small part to the recruiting efforts of the government (as exemplified by the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” poster), women became an essential part of the labor force during wartime and were critical to the Allies’ victory in Europe and Asia.
While long-term growth of women in the labor market stalled temporarily after the war, it became established that they could excel in industries not normally associated with them. We see the first women coming into the logistics industry in 1966, though they only account for a small percentage of the total workforce in this field until fairly recently. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a lot more women in warehouses and overseeing operations. Many companies, including our own, have women occupying executive positions in established companies or branching off and starting their own.
Why are Women Excelling in the Logistics Industry Right Now?
The natural question to ask is, why now? Women were anomalies in the logistics workforce for nearly 50 years, but now they are occupying key positions and thriving. What has changed? The evolution of women in logistics seems to correlate with the evolution of the logistics industry as a whole. We’ve seen extraordinary movement in this field over a short period of time, and as new challenges arise new solutions are required. Women have taken a key role as the movers and thinkers in the logistics industry, taking new challenges head-on and formulating strategies and solutions to address them. In fact, the International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA), a coalition of expo logistics groups, welcomed its first chairwoman in 2016 and the staff and affiliates of this group are becoming more female-fronted.
AFP Global Logistics is Proud to Be Women-Owned
We here at AFP Global Logistics are proud to be a part of this new evolution in the logistics industry. We are a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Member (WBENC) and we hope to serve as a powerful example of what young women can achieve in this field.
AFP Global Logistics
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