Meet Maggie Stone, finalist for Overdrive’s Most Beautiful Contest, who will be appearing at the Great American Trucking Show along with finalists Libby Clayton and Tina Comer. Overdrive launched the contest to highlight women drivers who reflect beauty inside and out, and who represent the profession well. The finalists more than meet those criteria, yet they are by no means dainty creatures cruising in trucking’s easy lane. One hauls logs, one hauls hogs and one pulls doubles.
Maggie Stone’s father, uncles and grandfather all drove trucks, but she’s the first woman in her family to do so. After serving two years in the Army in the late ’80s, she started driving professionally in 1992. Now she hauls livestock for her own company, Missfit Trucking.
Hauling hogs may be one of the least ladylike niches in trucking, but Stone doesn’t mind getting a little smelly and dirty while pulling hogs and cattle across the country.
Drives for: Self, as independent owner-operator
Years in trucking: 21
Hauls: Hogs and cattle
Truck: 1999 Peterbilt 379
Home: Galva, Iowa
“Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy,” she says. “I’m in a man’s world, and I don’t like to ask for help, which can be difficult when you’re moving 300-pound hogs.”
She dedicates her time, money and truck to helping needy trucking families every Christmas. When Arrow Trucking Co. filed for bankruptcy in 2010, Stone and other volunteers worked hard to bring home stranded truckers. She also volunteers with Trucker Charity Inc., which helps truckers in need year-round.
How do you feel about the role of women truckers?
It’s a tough job and a tough life, and it is kind of hard for women to fit in, but I have noticed lately there are more and more women who are getting into it, and I really encourage more and more women to get into it.
What do you wish you knew before you started driving?
The hours are long and grueling, and it is tough to be away from home. It’s also hard to keep up appearances and stay clean and professional, especially with the type of hauls I pull. As a woman, you always have to focus on being safe, too. It can be scary at night walking across a truck stop parking lot.
If you could fix one thing about trucking, what would it be?
The image. Years ago, when my father and uncles were driving, they were the kings of the road. People thought they were amazing when they found out they drove trucks. But now, you hardly want to tell people you do that.