TUMI and Women Mobilize Women published the third annual edition of Remarkable Women in Transport!
The inclusion of women in the transportation sector is an economic imperative that’s critical to the sector’s growth and long-term sustainability. However, due to a systemic lack of awareness and exposure to career pathways, women continue to be underrepresented in transportation occupations. For decades, decision-making and transport-planning was done almost exclusively by men. Due to lack of data collection and personal experiences, the able-bodied male perspective struggled to take into account the challenges that women, children or vulnerable citizens face in their daily mobility. For example, women typically travel shorter distances during off-peak hours. Trip-chaining and mobility of care shape women’s mobility, which is often restricted due to the risk of sexual harassment and other forms of violence both on the street and on public transport. Yet, women make up more than half of the global population, and society simply wouldn’t function without them. In 2020, as the world stood still and transportation came to a halt, women kept moving, acting as a driving force behind many of the structural changes cities are seeing in mobility today. Let’s keep this momentum going so we can reach our goals of sustainable mobility systems, safe cities and equitable societies. These goals are not achievable without the essential women in the transport sector, whose perspectives will help make mobility equitable and inclusive. Only by including women in decision-making can the transport industry best utilize their invaluable experiences and perspectives.