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Epic Queen: Empowering myself and empowering others through technology

Our Panel about Women in Tech.

I love technology and internet so much, but when I started working in tech companies and startups I realized that there were a few women working and leading in technology. So I thought "this is a huge problem and I want to solve it". Some other organizations in US were creating meetups and big conferences to solve this problem but no one in Latin America was solving this.

One year ago I started and created Epic Queen as a Blog to inspire more women about this, but I knew that this wasn't enough so I invite two partners to create a movement, a movement that is call Epic Queen Chapter. Epic Queen Chapter is an event that happens every month were 3 Role Models talk about what they are doing with technology. Our objective is that women can be inspired, empowered and can take action with quick tips.

Now a days Epic Queen is working for being an organization that promotes digital initiatives for leadership of women in technology and high-impact entrepreneurship. We are a community of women and men around LATAM seeking the same goal in common: to empower women in the digital culture, technology and entrepreneurship with technological base.

We seek to add value of change, beyond the entrepreneurial community. We believe that all women can do something amazing to change the world. Sometimes you just need a little push and Epic Queen wants to be the factor that helps women to take action in technology.

This proyect is impacting and empowering women around Mexico, the most important thing about creating Epic Queen is that I empowered myself doing what others though it was crazy. People told me that in Mexico there are a lot of "machos" and this organization wouldn't work here, and today is running, it wasn't something easy but it is something that me and my team are so passionated that it doesn't matter the barriers I have I would make things happen.

I am so thankful with the internet, this is a way to connect with people, in Epic Queen we use internet to write all our ideas in our website and blog. Thanks to the internet we made our first biggest successful campaign against misogyny in a tech event that in one day we reach more than 15,000 site visits. After this, our voice started to spread out. People in Mexico realized that a big problem do exist and that it needs a solution.

I do believe that online empowerment can lead to offline empowerment. We are just doing this with Epic Queen, we create the content in internet but we take action offline with the Epic Queen Chapters in different Places.

Digitally empowering women is important because internet is not about genres is about people. People with internet can make an enormous impact. A new era of digital entrepreneurship is coming and everyone needs to be on the same page. Internet is not about genre, its about being connected.

So, Epic Queen doesn't have funds now a days and still we have a great team around Latin America: Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Brazil, working as collaborators. Also, we work with the help of Women@Google and Google Developers as event sponsors. We know that this is going to be a big journey, but I am ready to work in something that is going to be bigger. I know if I make this happen I will help more women transform the world.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Role models talking at Epic Queen Chapter in Monterrey.
Epic Queen founders working
We make a campaign about misogyny in a tech event, the event heard about that and we took action #CPMX5incluyente
Our first Epic Queen Chapter in Mexico City
Epic Queen Logo & Women@google
May Alba founder of Rubberit.co one of our Role Models
This is the people that we are impacting. People in our events.
This is the people that we are impacting. People in Epic Queen Chapter

Comments

moshelbeads's picture

Congratulations!

Hi anakarenart ,
Albert Schweitzer said "Success is not the key to happiness.Happiness is the key to success.If you love what you are doing you will be successful" .

The internet empowered me to start a business, I'm happy to hear that you share ideas on a website and blog. I recently read about world Pulse on someones blog and today I know about your project. The internet can empower many women around the world. Keep empowering women!

Best regards,
Rebecca Osei.F

Terry Mullins's picture

Wonderful work you are doing!

Hello anakarenart!

I love your story...it is true testimony to the power of the internet and the empowerment of women! Keep fighting the good fight...you will continue to succeed!

In love and peace,
Terry

Tam's picture

Dear anakarenart, Your story

Dear anakarenart,

Your story was so encouraging and so much fun to read. You saw a problem (not enough women with access to technology) and you determined to change that. You created a Blog with a great name (Epic Queen Chapter) and expanded it into an organization that now has groups of women brainstorming and sharing what you know. This is beautiful! You clearly have already made a big difference, and your vision continues to expand. What a strong model you have sent us all, of what one woman can accomplish, and what small groups of women can make happen as well. Having more than 15,000 visits for the topic of misogyny is a tremendous success. The photos are a great part as well. Best wishes with all you dream up.

With Love in Sisterhood,
Tam

Julia O'Byrne's picture

So great!

Hola Ana Karen!
I loved your post. I am always so awe in of women like you who not only identify problems (too few women working and leading in technology) but then go and do something about it! I feel like I am still stuck at the identifying problems stage and would like to - one day and in some area (it could be small) - move to the second stage. Epic Queen sounds awesome! Please expand across North America too so I can attend one of your events ;) Just kidding (although it would be cool!) but seriously I wish I could attend one of your events in Mexico. Sounds like it would be just great.
Thanks so much for sharing all about Epic Queen. I loved reading your post and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Best wishes,
Julia

anakarenart's picture

Epic Queen in North America

Seriously YES!

We work by collaborations, so if you are interest in helping us to expand we can make an skype/hangout call.

We want to make this events around the world. We are a non-profit community so everything is between sponsors and collaborations. We work for LATAM but imagine making this events on english for every one!

Ana Karen Ramirez
Founder Epic Queen
www.epicqueen.com

Idara's picture

I need Epic Queen

Hi Annakarenart,

Seriously, I need Epic Queen. I just kept reading I did not know I had finished reading your post so soon. It was so to the point and so interesting and challenging. Wish you would expand to Nigeria.

I don't think I know any woman working in technology company in my community or country, like you explained but I would truly love to see women work and head such organizations.

Do you have plans expanding to Africa soon?

Regards
Idara

anakarenart's picture

I would love

We work by collaborations, so if you are interest in helping us to expand we can make an skype/hangout call.

We want to make this events around the world. We are a non-profit community so everything is between sponsors and collaborations.

You can send me a private message and I will give you my email

Ana Karen Ramirez
Founder Epic Queen
www.epicqueen.com

Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture

Thank You!

Dear Ana,
Amazing transformation and progress.
I'm glad you say it's risk taking... What does it take to be an Activist?
Hope to hear again from you soon!

Marah
Vocal Contributor/Community Listener

anakarenart's picture

Taking Risks

I am not sure of what does it takes but I am sure you need focus, strength and passion.

Ana Karen Ramirez
Founder Epic Queen
www.epicqueen.com

binapatel33's picture

Congrats

Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is very inspirational! I am proud to see that you are working towards helping women in a "macho" society, which I can understand and relate to. I commend you in your work and please continue with it!

Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC
www.hcmediate.com

anakarenart's picture

Thanks!

Thanks!!

Ana Karen Ramirez
Founder Epic Queen
www.epicqueen.com

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