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Women In Brazil Don’t Care If Tech Isn’t A Woman’s Space, They’re Breaking In

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Although they know this change won’t happen over night, women in Brazil are starting to turn the tide in the male to female ratio of tech entrepreneurs and graduates. According to a report from Americas Quarterly, only 13 percent of the tech startups in São Paulo are founded by women even though the market for tech startups has grown by 20 percent over the last two years.For reference, the global average of women-led startups is 18 percent meaning São Paulo is behind the curve. In total, investors have flushed the tech sector in Brazil with 4.5 billion Brazilian reales (about $1.5 billion USD) just last year. So, what gives? Well, according to Iana Chan, who spoke to Americas Quarterly, it all goes back to gender stereotypes.

So, what gives? Well, according to Iana Chan, who spoke to Americas Quarterly, it all goes back to gender stereotypes.

“These are cultural narratives that go back to childhood,” Chan told Americas Quarterly about her own upbringing with her brother. “Girls play at home with dolls, and boys play with video games. There were boy things and girl things, and I could play when he [her brother] wasn’t using them.”

But, the demand and interest are there, according to Americas Quarterly. PrograMaria is an incubator program for women who want to break into the Brazilian tech world and wants to give all Brazilian women the opportunity to join the fast-growing Brazilian tech economy. One of their programs in March, a women’s only workshop set up to teach young girls the basics of coding and web design, filled up in minutes and had a waitlist that was almost 200 people long. The obvious demand and interest is what keeps women like Chan, a program manager for PrograMaria, working to secure the opportunities for women to join the tech workforce.

“The interest is there,” Chan told Americas Quarterly. “What’s missing are opportunities directed at women.”

You can read the full story from Americas Quarterly here.

(H/T: Americas Quarterly)


READ: TECHNOLOchicas Is Empowering Latinas To Chase Their Technology Driven Dreams

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Here's Why People Are Getting Super Emotional Over This Father/Daughter Prom Tweet

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Here’s Why People Are Getting Super Emotional Over This Father/Daughter Prom Tweet

Courtesy of Lourdes Medrano

Lourdes Medrano is one of millions of teenagers across the country who are in the middle of prom season. Medarno recently shared a photo of her and her father on Twitter — but it wasn’t the typical pre-prom photoshoot. Instead, Medrano’s photo was taken the day after her Everett Alvarez High School prom because her father had to work the night of her prom. She just wanted to give him a chance to get a photo with his daughter all dressed up. Medrano spoke with mitú about her photo, which went viral on Twitter. Here’s the story behind the tweet.

Lourdes Medrano wanted to give her father the prom pictures all parents look forward to, but there was a twist: they took the photos the day after prom.


“My dad works in tractors for Boutonnet Farms,” Medrano told mitú. “Since my dad is always helping out with my expenses, I just wanted to show him some appreciation back.”

The tweet featuring Medrano and her father has since received more than 52,000 retweets and more than 370,000 likes.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Lourdes Medrano

“I honestly am still super shocked it has gotten to this point, it all basically happened over night,” Medrano told mitú about her tweet going viral. “Many people have actually shared touching stories with me about their dads or how my tweet made them think about their fathers who had passed, which was really touching to me.”

The tweet has really resonated with people all over Twitter.


People are touched by her gesture.


“My dad is very old school, making it hard for him to understand how social media works,” Medrano told mitú about her father’s reaction to his social media fame. “But I did try explaining to him what was happening and he is in disbelief.”

There were those who doubted how genuine and authentic her tweet was because her father wasn’t smiling.


“I would say that it’s not true at all,” Medrano told mitú about those who doubt the authenticity of her tweet. “All I did was post a moment I had with my dad and that’s it. I didn’t think of it as anything more. But after a couple hours many people started to connect with me which I believe is the main reason it has gone viral. There are many other people who have been in the same situation as me.”

People were quick to come to her side, Medrano told mitú. Especially people who know that some fathers are not the smiling type.


Not to mention that a Latino dad not smiling in a photo is not that ground breaking. Like, at all.


As for the haters and doubters, they were quickly dragged by those who saw the tweet.

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People were not having it with those calling the authenticity of the message into question.

But, overall, people who saw this tweet reacted a lot like this:


Tears ?? were ?? flowing. ??


It really is a really sweet gesture by Medrano to include her dad like that.

Way to go, Lourdes.


Your father must be so proud of the caring woman you are clearly becoming.


READ: What Started As Wanting To Fill His Eyebrows Ended With This Woman Giving Her Dad A Full Face

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