There is a glaring stereotype in the tech world, and this proves to be a very difficult challenge for Latina engineers. The percentage of engineering jobs held by women is 13%, and there is an even smaller percentage of women in the profession. This is the pain Medalis Trelles, a 26-year-old software engineer in Washington has to endure.
Trelles has had a long winding, circuitous, and highly difficult journey towards becoming an engineer. She had no introduction to programming in high school or college.
However, her immigration to the U.S from Peru was the game changer. She went on to graduate from Cornell University in 2012, bagging a degree in Labor Economics.
Even though she attended a coding boot camp in San Francisco, her hunt for a decent employment in the tech world was met with stiff opposition. This opened her eyes to the issue “women in tech” face. Trelles believes tech companies should adopt programs that foster and encourage candidates of different backgrounds.
Female Facing The Most Challenge
Another female Latina facing the same challenge is a full-time professor at the school of engineering at the University of Washington; Cecelia Aragon, also admits there is much to be done as regards women in tech. She, however, is a paragon in her field. She has received multiple awards for work done in the field of Human-Centered Data Science.
The Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology and the Grace Hopper Celebration currently offers scholarships which are changing the game for young Latina engineers. They convene over 18000 women in tech, and this is a huge pathway for many talented engineers.
One of the beneficiaries; Blakely Hoffman, currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Media Lab in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) admonishes young Latina Engineers never to give up and to resist any form of intimidation they might face.