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The world needs Latin America and Mexico Women in Tech

Me at SXSW representing Latin Americans

"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.

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

When I went SXSW, Latin America and Mexico
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amymorros's picture

Epic Work

I am so glad your trip to SXSW went well (I have never been). I think what you are doing is wonderful and necessary. As you wrote, the statistics speak to the need to have more women and more diversity in the technology industry.

I also think the Epic Queen website is attractive and well designed. It look like you have many Epic Queen chapters and more to come.

Good luck!

Amy
@amyinstl

Thank you for sharing
Glad to hear that Epic Queen aims to do for women of Mexico and Latin America
'm Proud of them, it's good

sylvie

annamarie's picture

Queens!

Technology is such a powerful, crucial tool in this age. Women's participation will empower them but also impact on what goes out into the world. Your focus on Mexico and Latin America is doing just that! Well done - may this movement grow from strength to strength.

Annamarie

Kadidia's picture

Latin America women and technology

Anakarenart,

You made a good point. If women make the main decisions in the household, they need to be informed of the power of technology. Education, exchange, a venue to speak up about certain issues are all the opportunities offered by technology to be part of our global world.
Thank you for sharing with worldpulse.

Kadidia Doumbia

Fiona J McKenzie's picture

Epic progress!

Hi Ana,

You're clearly doing great things in Mexico and the US. You make some important points about inclusion and diversity in the technology world. I've had hands-on experience in the UK of the dominance of men in the IT/engineering sector when I was involved in the launch of 3G telecoms and I know how tough it is.

Your site Epic Queens looks impressive but I'm afraid my lack of Spanish means I can't explore it as I would like. You may already be doing this, but do you have direct links into the educational system to encourage young girls to seek a career in IT?

Wishing you all the best with your work.

Fiona

Fiona McKenzie

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Crucial thoughts

Dear anakarenart,

Glad to see your insightful piece. It's important to ensure gender, racial and other forms of diversity especially in the ICT, STEM arena. Continue such writing.

Warmly,
Pushpa

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