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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint recently on the behalf of female truckers who have been sexually harassed by male trainers at an Iowa trucking company. The Associated Press first reported the lawsuit on May 9, but it has been featured on various high profile media sites such as The Washington Post and ABCNews. We often do not think about the plight of women in male-dominated fields such as trucking, but it is significant that their issues are being publicized and action is being taken. Women and men should not have to deal with harassment because they choose a career path that is not aligned with their supposed “gender role,” especially as the association between gender and careers is a construct that has been deeply rooted in our society since the post-war forties and fifties. It is disturbing that female truckers have to confront this issue, but it is comforting that their stance is important to the media and to the people.
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