Anthropology Department

2012 Student Scholars Day

2012 Student Scholars Day

Stephanie Sicard

Mamas, Travel Agents and Lot Lizards: Female Gender Stereotypes and Trucking
Presenter: Stephanie Sicard

This presentation, as part of a larger on going study, examines gender stereotypes associated with the occupation of truck driving. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the over three million people who make their living as truck drivers, only six percent are female. Using content analysis, gender roles and stereotypes are explored by analyzing a sample of The Trucker, a twice-monthly publication available both online and in print distributed to grocery stores, truck stops and other locations. Preliminary results suggest that women rarely drive solo and are employed most frequently as part of a husband-wife team, or work in dispatch or other office environments. Further, preliminary analysis of photos of women in The Trucker suggest that most women are represented as "feminine", while relatively few women are "androgynous" or "masculine" in how they are represented.

Mentor: Janet Brashler

Matthew Darnell
Stephanie Sicard
Aaron Howe
Emily Teall
Aaron Howe
Danielle Negus
Kelsey Davies
Stefanie Gasko
Jeffrey Mahowski
Jeffrey Mahowski
Caitlin Hoop
Mara Deckinga
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