Revolving and EvolvingMar 29th, 2013 | By Editorial Staff | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog
I just attended the TRAA Legislative and Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. I was honored to be asked to participate in the first women’s panel discussion titled Revolving and Evolving – The Changing Role of Women in The Towing Industry. My part of the discussion focused on the role of the pioneer women of towing today.
I started out with the lyrics of the song Stand by Your Man, sung by country western singer Tammy Wynette. Men were the breadwinners and women were supposed to work at home taking care of the house and kids — you stood by your man. Since World War II, though, many women have more economic independence, access to better education and now hold jobs that were typically positions only held by men.
It’s not easy running a 24/7 – 365 towing business, especially with your husband. I’m often asked how I can work with my husband all day. I believe we complement each other. He knows I can manage the office while he’s out on the road. I don’t want to drive the trucks, and he doesn’t want to balance the books.
Has the role of women in towing changed over the years? Yes and no. I feel, just like the many roles of women in towing of the past, there are no roles that do not relate to and help in the success of this industry. That to me has not changed. I do believe today’s modern technology has helped women like me to work smarter, not harder.
The big question is – if women have learned how to do a man’s job, how come men haven’t learned how to do a woman’s job?