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Latinas Are Technically Well-Suited for the Tech Industry

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Latinas Are Technically Well-Suited for the Tech Industry

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–Latinas are–and will continue to be–the key drivers of innovation and technology in the United States. Last week, Latina tech entrepreneurs Sara Inés Calderón and Luz Rivas joined Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa in Austin to talk discuss the unique attributes, qualities, and tools Latinas bring to the tech industry, and how they can make inroads and increase their impact as elementary school students, college students, and budding entrepreneurs.

Read their most notable quotes and listen to their full interview via the SoundCloud provided below.

Noteworthy quotes:

“Not a lot of the schools in Latino-serving neighborhoods are offering programs and experiences for kids to get excited about technology so that when they’re ready to go to college, they know that that’s what they want to do.” –Calderón

“You have to go out and meet people who are already doing tech. Have mentors, but meet others. Go to events and participate in societies and groups where you’ll meet others that will be able to give you advice on how it really is working in the tech field.” –Rivas

“I certainly think that not just being bilingual, but bicultural and kind of coming from a different socioeconomic background, is really going to kind of bring something to innovation. I find that when I do speak to people about Latinos and the way Latinos use technology, for example higher consumption of digital video and via mobile, that really peaks people’s interest because that’s maybe not how they thought of technology.”–Calderón

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and Jezebel.com.

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