Breaking Gender Bias: Meet The Women Of FedEx
From frontliners to aviation security and pilots, women at FedEx are making an impact across the organization and challenging gender biases in logistics.
Unlike other sectors, the need for supply chains to stay open during the global pandemic outbreak was mission critical. Intensified by the e-commerce boom as many companies and their customers moved online, this meant the sector needed to ramp up the workforce to meet demand. As a result, women’s representation in the industry accelerated.
We asked women in FedEx across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa region what they are most proud of in their roles, and how they are striving to break the bias at work and in society. Check out their inspiring stories below!
Flying her way to the top
“Throughout my career, I faced a number of challenges from those who thought I couldn’t be a single mother and still fly. I pushed through those barriers - and am happy to say I’ve now been flying for 19 years, seven of those with FedEx and the military.”
While Stefanie acknowledges gender discrimination other biases do exist, she feels proud to work for FedEx, flying 777s.
“FedEx values and respects the contribution of all employees - including women - in the field of aviation.”
Her advice for women who’d like to follow in her footsteps?
“Let your performance speak for itself. It’s the best way to combat biases anyone may have. Be your best self. Treat people with dignity and respect.”
Female couriers as frontline heroes
FedEx recognizes that its frontline workers are critical for the day-to-day success of the logistics industry. Across the region, female couriers are working to help close the gender gap.
One of FedEx’s couriers in Japan, Yumika Gomi, added: “This is my first job as a courier and I’m happy to be back after my maternity leave. It’s been great to have the support from my family including my husband, who’s also a FedEx courier! Technology is streamlining how we deliver these days – which means I have more time for childcare and family.”
Over in Australia, Melissa Trustum thought driving a truck would be impossible. After getting her license, she’s now helping to train new drivers on the job, proving the limit does not exist for those who are determined. She knows that change is happening, and wants to see more women in the transportation industry.
When it comes to building a culturally diverse workplace, FedEx knows there’s still a long way to go in shifting the gender ratio. Zainab Matovu who works in the UAE said that “the culture of respect for women in the workplace is crucial to create an inclusive environment for employees.”
By opening more doors for women to work in male dominated spheres, FedEx aims to remove barriers created by gender stereotypes. Keep reading to discover more stories of how women at FedEx are challenging the norm.
Confounding a popular bias: women working in security
“When I started my career, I was told two things. The first: women aren’t supposed to work in security. The second: management stands for ‘Man-age-ment’ – which means that older men get to make all the decisions.”
Rather than setting Edith back, these challenges were the catalyst that motivated her to push forth and grow in her career.
“To break the bias, I seize every opportunity and take on challenges to learn, explore and experience new things. I believe that everyone has their own uniqueness and strength. It’s essential that we develop and nurture our ability and potential, regardless of gender.”
Operating forklifts and driving 40ft trucks are nothing out of the ordinary for female couriers in Malaysia
Noraini believes that in Malaysia, there is a certain perception or stereotype that exists for jobs such as couriers.
“It’s seen as a male role. But for me, gender matters far less than things like people skills. I like my job as I’m able to interact with different types of people both within FedEx and with our customers.”
Providing equal opportunities for working mothers
When Amy Falwasser, National Account Executive at FedEx in Australia, was suffering from post-natal depression and struggling with anxiety, the company supported her immensely in transitioning back to work. She also received on-going resources from her manager and teammates to ensure she had a positive work experience in difficult times.
FedEx is also a place where families can grow and thrive together. Glenda Garcia, Operations Manager at FedEx in the UAE, has had a 30-year long journey at the company and is empowered by its dedication to its people. She believes in FedEx’s values, which she also shares with her daughter who now also works at FedEx.
Being a mother is one of the most challenging roles in the world. That’s why FedEx is dedicated to providing moms with the tools they need to find the balance that works for their families.
Creating future possibilities for women in logistics
Hearing some of these women’s stories first-hand proves that – from flying planes to loading cargo – there are so many roles women can excel at in the logistics industry.
The journey for women to achieve gender equality in every aspect of the workplace is still an uphill journey. For example, the same Gartner report showing an increase in women in the supply chain also flagged that women in executive roles actually decreased from 17% to 15% in 2021. It’s up to all of us to give women the support, flexibility and opportunities they need to pursue their aspirations.
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