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March 7, 2022 News

Women’s History in Logistics – AFP Global Logistics

Women’s HistoryMarch is Women’s History Month, so AFP Global Logistics would like to bring attention to women’s history in the logistics industry. As a small women-owned business, we are proud to hold both Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certifications. With thirty years of logistical service in the industry, we are proud to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Rise in Women in the Logistics Industry

The logistics industry is a majority male industry, but there has recently been a rise in women professionals. The increase from 39% in 2020 to 41% in 2021 was a big step up. Unfortunately, the amount of women leaders in the supply chain industry has seen a slight decrease from 17% to 15%.

Are you interested in joining the logistics industry? We encourage women to apply by contacting us at We are always looking for talented individuals to tackle challenges and create opportunities for themselves. As a member of the AFP Global Logistics team, you will be a contributor to our growth and success.

Women’s Roles in the Industry

The positions in the logistics industry range far and wide. Women fit within any of the roles, and many have said it is an exciting field to work in. This includes ground transportation divers, pilots for air freight, managers, supervisors, and more. 

Many reasons for the lack of women in these roles are due to many company’s cultures that don’t always entice them to join. Another reason is the low amount of women role models already in the industry. The low amount of women does not have to do with a lack of qualifications. 

Timeline of Women in Transportation

Some women individuals have paved the way for enhanced career opportunities for women. It is interesting to see the timeline of women in transportation. Some relevant dates to the logistics industry are below. It is important to note that these dates range from only about 100 years or fewer ago.

Luella Bates – January 1, 1918
Luella Bates worked as a test driver During World War I for the Model B truck. After the war, when the company let the majority of the women go, Luella remained an employee. During her stay in New York City for the 1920 New York Auto Show, she became the first woman truck driver to receive a driver’s license in the state. 

Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie – January 1, 1927
Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie was the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license and an aircraft mechanics license from the U.S. federal government.

Elizabeth Drennan – January 1, 1929
Elizabeth Drennan received her commercial truck driver’s license and went on to run a trucking company.

Christene Gonzales – January 1, 1973
Santa Fe Railway hired its first female locomotive engineer, Christene Gonzales.

AFP Global Logistics Supports Women Around the World

Located in Maryland, AFP Global Logistics ships to women-owned businesses and women employees around the globe. 

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