Sathya Priya’s abilities and dedication have earned her much respect on her team.
“People call me ‘Iron Lady,’” she said. “It’s all because of my attitude, I feel happy when they call me that. It’s like I have earned something more.”
“Not everyone can easily do this work,” said Sathya Priya. “I feel proud. My parents are even prouder that their daughter is driving such a huge vehicle.”
“I come here to work so I can prove myself among all these people,” she said. “No matter what I will reach the top.”
Sathya Priya’s father, Palani Sami, with his Ashok Leyland Truck in India in 1990. His skill behind the wheel inspired Sathya Priya to become a driver.
The “Iron Lady” in action. Sathya Priya drives her “pet” forklift at an Amazon fulfillment center in Tamil Nadu, India.
“My father was a driver, during my childhood I used to watch him,” she said. “I never sat in the back seat. I always sat in the front. Other kids would listen to a song or watch nature while travelling, I used to watch my father. I enjoyed watching him drive so much that I fell in love with it.”
“When I started at Amazon, I was working in the packaging department,” said Sathya Priya. “Then I saw this new type of vehicle. I wanted to drive it so badly.”
“When spots opened on the inbound team, my HR people and managers encouraged me to do this work,” she said. “I felt a little nervous.”
“There were 20 people who tried out to drive this vehicle, two were women and 18 were men, but only five of us were selected,” said Sathya Priya. “I was selected because of my confidence.”
“I am currently the only female on this team,” she said. “I want to reach higher daily goals than the male workers achieve. I want to be quicker than them.”
“This vehicle has become like my pet.”
Sathya Priya is a forklift operator in the inbound department at Amazon.
“I love driving. I am crazy about driving.”
Driving has been a passion of hers since she was a child.