Women in the Warehouse: Careers in the Making

When you think of warehouse workers, women often don’t come to mind. It’s assumed women wouldn’t work in a warehouse because it requires heavy lifting and long hours. 

But what if I told you that women make up 23% of warehouse workers in the United States according to Zippia.

That number is only expected to continue to grow as the demand for warehouse workers increases.

Matheson Material Handler leaning against mail container smiling.
Matheson Material Handler leaning against mail container smiling.

Having a career as a warehouse worker was traditionally considered a men’s career, as it was hard labor and long hours, the thought of women working such highly physical jobs was strange. However, World War I & World War II was the first time we really saw women at large take on warehouse and production jobs to compensate for all the men deployed overseas. 

While the work was hard- women enjoyed the benefits of earning their own living, a life outside the home, and this lead to women’s influence outside of domestic tasks. Women working in warehouses was one of the factors that ultimately expanded the influence of the Women’s Suffrage movement. 

Today, warehouse jobs are not as nearly as physically demanding as they used to be. Automation and safety regulations have made the job easier on the body, but it’s still a physically and mentally demanding job- but women have continued to work in the industry. Why?

Warehouse work offers a low barrier of entry, a higher than minimum wage, and regular hours. For those just starting in a new city, looking for a new job and needing work in the meantime, or looking for part-time work during the holidays, warehouse work might be for you. 

Matheson is hiring Warehouse workers now, full or part-time, in a city near you. Check out our open positions now, no experience necessary. https://www.mathesoninc.com/job-board/