The world needs Latin America and Mexico Women in Tech
"The empowerment of women in all areas of economic activity, it is essential to create strong economies, achieve more stable and just societies and sustainable development"
In Mexico, Latin America and around the world there is a lack participation, involvement and interest of women in technology.
Over time there has been a gap of inequity, inequality and few opportunities that have segregated women with stereotypes that affect the professional looking to get involved in the world of technology development.
In late May 2014, Google released its diversity report. As expected, the numbers were not good. Google’s technical workforce, worldwide, is 30% women. In the United States, the numbers are 2% Black and 3% Hispanic. Few technology companies are bold enough to release their diversity numbers, and I applaud Google for doing this. I don’t think the numbers are much different at other giant technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook, etc.
4 million women entrepreneurs who are in the country, according to INEGI and INADEM, these enterprises focus on the service sector, trade or profession, but few women passing through the base or technological venture high impact.
Being successful in technology requires challenging courses like computer science or technical design. Very few women try these male dominated degrees, and even fewer of those women are Latinas
Pew recently reported that the Hispanic population in the United States has increased by a factor of six since 1970. This represents not just a massive increase in the number of Hispanic people but also a massive increase in Hispanic households. And Latinas make most of the purchasing decisions in those households. According to a Nielsen report, whether its the food the family will eat, the clothes the children will wear, or the type of personal electronics everyone will carry, Latinas drive most of household decisions. This ability to make decisions positions Latinas as not just excellent technology professionals but also as technology leaders.
That's why Epic Queen seeks to strengthen women's leadership in Mexico and Latin America with the aim of creating a generation convinced of its technological capacity and leadership, empowering women to create initiatives and develop their ability to take risks outside their comfort and above all they can find the support to move into the digital world.