Hi! This is Sofia from Uruguay. I’m a computer science student and I am one of the few females of my class. I wonder why…
“In Uruguay, women are seen as savvy users of communication devices.”
Uruguay is a small country located between Argentina and Brazil in South America with a population of 3.5 millions. We are a young country, product of the Spanish colonization process having 95% of our population alphabetized. Latin American cultures are heavily influenced by their European colonization ancestry.
Unfortunately, they have not evolved at the same pace so women role in these societies has been back-stepped by over 60 years…
Admitting that social differences are more pronounced, still the stereotype of an educated women does not include technological career options. Women are seen as savvy users of communication devices.
I do not have the knowledge to explain the nature of this gender gap, all I can do is express myself from my own point of view, share my experience and tell girls (specially those who are in similar societies) that technology is a GREAT area in which to bloom in freedom. Technology allows you to have immediate contact with peers in developed countries, to speak in a language that has no boundaries…
It wasn’t that easy for me to get here. I liked arts, maths, literature. I actually started a career in communications. It only took two days for me to realize that that wasn’t what I liked. I missed class on the third day and went to FIND OUT what Software Engineering was. I was fascinated.
While enrolling, I realized where the problem lied. Uruguayan girls don’t know what computer science is nor what programming consists of. There is a hole in the educational program which misses out, in my humble opinion, one of the main pillars of the future. If only did I know, my last three years would have been completely different!
This is why I started TechieGirls. With the few tools I have I seek to generate a change in my country and to inspire girls from all over the world. Showing that even in a very small country in nearly the end of the world, the power of an idea can inspire other girls in other countries. e.g We have been contacted from Mexico to start the same movement there. Great ideas have no boundaries!
This article was written by guest writer Sofía Moran, TechGirl in Uruguay.