“Mujeres que dejan huella” (Women who leave a mark) is a book co-authored by Macamen Navarro and Alejandro Figueroa about women working in the high-tech industries of Guadalajara, but it’s not aimed techies or business people.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Navarro told me in an interview. “We think anybody would find this book interesting, but we particularly hope it will inspire new generations of girls in Mexico.”
Navarro said only 30 percent of high-tech students in Mexico are women and when it comes to those actually holding high-tech jobs, the number is far smaller.
“We’d like to see many more girls get interested in this sector,” Navarro said. “At the same time we want both men and women in the field to know something about their own colleagues. For example, I belong to the National Chamber of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CANIETI) and I’ve noticed that it’s always men who are getting promoted there. When I ask why, they reply it’s because there aren’t any women to promote. ‘Just give us one name!’ they say.”
Navarro smiled broadly. “Now I’m giving them 26 names of women who are successful and well placed. These are vice presidents and directors of global companies, making important decisions every day, right here in Western Mexico.”
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