As a Latina in the great world of technology I’m always intrigued with my fellow ladies making accolades in the industry. While covering SXSW I had the unique opportunity to attend the Michelle Obama keynote. The focus was women in technology and how we can progress in an industry that is mostly ran by men. During Michelle’s panel she informed the country we not only have 62 Million females throughout the world underfunded but also of her Let Girls Learn Program that will help and educate women and children internationally.
After that keynote I did some time looking into women in the technology work force statistics and my research proved my point. The percentage rate of Latinas in the technology work force as of 2015 is 1% nationally. My jaw dropped; my abuela worked hard to prove women can do anything a man can do and yet we have not been heard or appreciated for all our accomplishments. The below chart informs us ladies in technology the statistics of where we stand in the eyes of the public and how we need to grow to make a difference.
For the first time ever the White House will host the United State of Women Summit that will take place on June 14th in Washington D.C. I’m thrilled that the government is taking so much time and value the female prospective. The summit will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss issues impacting women and girls, including educational opportunity, leadership, visibility, entrepreneurship and innovation.
The latest addition to the United State of Women Summit attendees is fellow Latina, Gaby Natale (the two-time Daytime EMMY winning journalist that was featured in Forbes Women). Also known for the Forbes Woman’s article “Why SuperLatina’s Gaby Natale Wants Latinas To Know That Their Voices Matters” which narrates Natale’s journey as an immigrant entrepreneur and explains why she wants every Hispanic women to unlearn “calladita te ves mas bonita,” a common saying in the Latino community that roughly translates to “you look prettier with your mouth shut.”
Today I pledged for the United State of Women Summit and every lady should; we are strong, beautiful and smart. Let’s set the example for our youth and make sure women are acknowledge for our accomplishments. To pledge click here.