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Astana, Kazakhstan • 18 May 2022

Kazakh Truck Driver in America Breaks Gender Stereotypes

Assol knows how to handle a 20-ton truck and make a cool vlog out of it

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Assol Mukhamejanova
Assol Mukhamejanova

Wasting no time on the road

Passing on the first try

“I was worried since my driving exam officer was really strict; people in the US take CDL seriously. I thoroughly prepared for it which gave me more confidence.My first cargo delivery was so scary and stressful, but I tried to keep my cool—it’s a responsible job. [laughs] People in the industry are welcoming and always try to help you outs.”

Assol Mukhamejanova

Don’t judge a car by its make

“I've experienced [gender stereotyping] on social media, but I've also had this happen at gas stations. People would give me strange looks, but then probably think I was driving in a team and wouldn’t say anything.
The common belief is that dispatcher jobs are for girls, and truck driving is for men [laughs]. But as you can see, I’ve managed to go against this stereotype. Still, I rarely see women behind the wheel. Sometimes I see them driving with their husbands as a team.”

Drive fast, stay safe

“Memphis, Tennessee has very few truck stops, so I try not to go to this city. It is almost impossible to find a parking place there and the roads are really unsafe. That’s the place where I first saw security guards carrying guns at the truck stops; a lot of strange people walk around, scattering trash, banging on the trucks, and shouting.”

Country roads, take me home

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