Christine Bolaños covers human interest, social & criminal justice, education & business issues for international, national & local outlets. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print. Bilingual.
Veteran NASA astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, has flown in space four times, including STS-66, STS-96 and STS-110, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. The first Latina astronaut to go to space in 1993, Dr. Ochoa is also the first Hispanic director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.
The Department of Education reports that Latinas routinely have the highest uninsured rates of any group in the U.S. They are more likely to lack dental care, be overweight or obese, suffer from food insecurity and risk diabetes. Here are three Latinas who are helping solve these health issues for society in different ways.
Latinas in positions of influence in STEM industries are becoming more common with each passing year.
Companies of impact know the importance of hiring employees who bring new ideas and different perspectives to the table. Research shows that companies with more diverse and inclusive staff tend to be more successful. IBM and Westar Energy are two such companies.
Sonia Mezzetta began her career at IBM in 2001 as a software engineer and worked her way up to Data Strategy Consultant and Certified Information Architect. Erica Garcia is an engineer at Westar Energy where she is responsible for effectively and efficiently reducing emissions. Find out what makes these Latinas tick in our latest article.
These are the stories of eight Latinas who are making waves in some of the country’s and world’s leading companies, furthering the impact of Latinas in STEM, and paving the way for the next generation of innovative minds who will change the world.
The impact of Latinas who help keep their nation safe through military service combined with their intellect in Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) is palpable. Their influence can be found in all branches of the military, the country they represent, and throughout the world.
In gang-infested El Salvador it is not uncommon for a man to feel his masculinity threatened when his wife or partner works outside the home. Despite the stigma of women in a male-dominated culture, there is a group of 11 women who have taken ownership of their lives in the picturesque community of Suchitoto.
Companies are vigorously working to recruit more people by offering incentives such as conferences, workshops, mentorships, internships and scholarships.
However, there is still work to be done in recruiting more individuals to these fields, particularly women, Latinas and other underrepresented groups. Jeannie Hilger and Monica McManus are two Latinas who passionately invest in the future of STEM.
Latinas at Comerica Bank not only hold top positions, but they embrace the company’s culture of employee resources and support, specifically those aimed at Latinas and women. The bank operates primarily in five states across the U.S. and has three female market presidents, two of whom are Latinas.
Latina entrepreneurs and business owners are soaring to great heights across the nation. The Sunshine State ranks third highest in number of Latina-owned businesses with 144,600, a boost of 8,700 from the year prior, according to a report by the Orlando Business Journal. Only California and Texas carry more Hispanic female-owned businesses.
Los Angeles is home to a bustling array of diverse talent that continues to develop the area economically. Latina entrepreneurs and business owners play a critical role in keeping the City of Angels’ wheels spinning in motion.
From MIT to Stanford University, the engineers, software developers, to scientists and researchers highlighted in this feature show that career opportunities in STEM-related fields abound. Here are the stories of 10 Latinas in STEM who attribute their success, in part, to their quality education.
In an effort to take control of their own professional success a number of Latinas across the United States are leaving traditional corporate environments to establish their own businesses. These Latinas are part of a growing number of entrepreneurs in the state of California who play a vital role in the economy. Several shining examples of these outside-the-box thinkers and hard workers exist in the state’s capital city of Sacramento.
San Francisco is known globally as the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and the ferry building. Some of its residents are as remarkable as its landmarks. Among these golden stars are Latina business owners and entrepreneurs who are climbing up corporate ladders and breaking glass ceilings across a number of industries. This city is home to a diverse pool of Latina talent.
Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes booming metropolitan economies being pushed forward by small and large businesses. Houston, the country’s fourth most populated city, is home to Latinas shaping the social and economic landscape.
Latina entrepreneurs and business owners have secured their position as economic front players nationwide, including Chicago, which boasts high-profile female Hispanics in everything from transportation to child-care.
The number of loans granted to Latina-owned businesses in Chicago by the Small Business Administration provides the closest, accurate number of these businesses since the Census does not report businesses by gender and ethnicity for cities.