Women in Logistics: International Women’s day

March 8th is International Women’s day. We at eft decided to look back at some of the milestones we’ve seen throughout the last year in the advancement of female participation in logistics.


In 2014, Morai Logistics created an eye-opening infographic, looking at the status of women in the logistics industry. (This drove us at eft to add the successful Women in Logistics panel session to the 2014 3PL Summit.) This year, they’ve followed-up with an even more detailed look by way of an interactive ebook. The ebook highlights the uphill battle women still face in logistics, beginning by highlighting the fact that ‘only 35% of logistics graduates are female’. Further, those that do pursue a career in logistics are still earning 20% less than their male counterparts. 

North America isn’t alone in doing its part on International Womens Day. Bolloré Africa Logistics, a logistics company based out of Benin, West Africa donated medical equipment to the maternity ward at the Abomey-Calavi and Sô-Ava Hospital, near Cotonou, Benin as their International Women’s Day celebration


So what are we doing at eft?

The 3PL summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum (June 16-18, Chicago) will host a follow-up to last year’s hugely successful ‘Women in Logistics’ panel. Where last year focussed on how each female panellist arrived at their ‘Lean-in moment’ in logistics, this year is going to be focussing on breaking down the barriers to entry into logistics for women, and focus on what the industry can do as a whole to make itself more appealing to both genders. 

“Women need to shift from thinking "I'm not ready to do that" to thinking "I want to do that- and I'll learn by doing it” says Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook. We know there are leading women in logistics that have ‘leaned-in’, but how do you get more women to follow-suit?  

You can see the videos of the panel here: Part 1 – Lean in. Part 2 – Lean in

This year, confirmed to explore breaking down the gender barriers in logistics at the 3PL Summit are: Sheila Hewitt, VP International, Transplace, Kelli Saunders, CEO, Morai Logistics and Michele Carroll, CEO, Carrollco Marketing. 

 “There is a huge pool of female talent simply not being utilized to the detriment of those companies and the wider industry. To increase the participation of females at this important industry event, we are also giving a $400 discount to female logistics executives please contact us for more details if you or your colleagues are interested or simply register here using the WIL400 discount code”  Chris Saynor, eft CEO. 


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