It’s All About the “W”


Photo Credit: Wesley Eland

I always enjoy  Tow Times magazine articles that feature women involved in the towing and recovery industry. Their March 2019 issue article

“Women Make More Inroads into Towing” 

highlighted three women, or as I refer to them — tow ladies — involved in various aspects of our industry. When it’s said that women are weak, I say it’s all about the “W.” It’s not about how strong women are physically, it’s about the other strengths women have.

I really liked the part of the article titled

“What Women Say They Do Different,”

which highlighted these strengths: 

  • Compensate for their small size by using their bodies differently for grabbing and pulling.
  • Gentler with the vehicles.
  • Better at multitasking.
  • More tactful and patient with officials and clients.

One of the women started a Facebook page titled Female Tow Operators United. Her goal was to “create community among female towing operators.” I believe it’s in that kind of sharing among each other where women in towing can find the support they need in an industry still growing and accepting female tow operators. It’s the reason I joined the Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) and got involved in the Wisconsin Towing Association.

The women in these organizations have “been there, done that” and can relate to what women in our industry go through in the day-to-day challenges and successes. They are encouraging, supportive, sympathetic, willing to share and uplift other women in towing.

Yes, in our industry it truly is all about the “W” – the women in towing. One tow lady featured in the Tow Times article said,

“I take pride and passion in my work. I’m very serious about my career.”

We might not all go out in the tow truck, but we all feel the same way.  

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