The fight for gender equality is being fought on several battle fronts, the business one aims to be one of the most difficult to defeat .
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LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Goméz Hernández
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March 8 is International Women's Day. It is a day to think and evaluate the progress of today's society in the inclusion, equality and defense of the rights and life of women.
Despite several advances that have been registered year after year, the business world appears to be one of the most (if not the most) difficult to achieve inclusion and gender equality. In the world of companies and businesses, it is men who occupy the lists of the most powerful and wealthy in the world.
In Latin America the fight has not been easy either and very few women manage to break the corporate glass ceiling and reach relevant and influential positions.
For example, within the list of the 500 most important companies according to Standard & Poors, only 16 were led by Latinos or of Hispanic descent. None of them were women.
Datos que son útiles de conocer:— Todxs Van A Caer (@TodxsVan) June 5, 2020
Hoy en multimillonarios en tiempo real, la viuda de Andrónico Luksic, Iris Fontbona figura en el número 114 del mundo. pic.twitter.com/jzwPcpyElL
She is the only woman in the group of richest Latinos in the world. Her name is next to Carlos Slim, Luís Carlos Sarmiento Angulo or Joseph Safra. Her fortune was inherited from her husband Andrónico Luksic who amassed it in the mining and beverage industry. According to Forbes , her fortune is close to 23 billion dollars.
We’re also here with BirchBox Co-Founder and CEO Katia Beauchamp, MM.LaFleur Co-Founder and CEO Sarah LaFleur, and Chamber SEVP Suzanne Clark. pic.twitter.com/InTUIdDhUP— Noah Higgins-Dunn (@higginsdunn) February 28, 2019
Katia is the co-founder of Birchbox, an online company that is responsible for sending makeup by subscription to its more than 300 thousand subscribers and 800 thousand active clients. Beauchamp is American, but of Latino roots (mother of a Mexican family).
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Vaca is the president and CEO of Pinnacle Group. She serves on the boards of Comerica Inc. (a financial services company with operations in various states of the US, Canada and Mexico); Kohl's, a North American department store chain; and Cinemark Holdings, one of the most important movie theater chains in the world.
This Costa Rican is the Chief of Operations for Google's Consumer Hardware. She has been listed as one of the 50 most powerful Latinas according to Forbes and one of the most influential on the west coast of the United States. She grew up in San José, Costa Rica, and went to North America to study at the University of Washington.
Grateful for everything @campaign_purple Advisory Board member Elizabeth Nieto has done to solidify @amazon's participation in our corporate certification program and look forward to seeing all the good she'll do in her new role at @Spotify! https://t.co/Pu75m05Jr5— Ally Rose Coll (she/her) (@allyrosecoll) January 30, 2021
Born and raised in Argentina, this Columbia University graduate served as Amazon's global director of diversity and inclusion. She recently left for Spotify, the world's leading music streaming company.
This Mexican native of Monterrey is the president and CEO of Softtek, a technology company, being the largest private provider of IT services in all of Latin America.
Después de ocho años al frente de Terpel, y 18 en la compañía, Sylvia Escovar deja la organización. Su legado más duradero, aparte de los éxitos empresariales, puede residir en su papel en discusiones alrededor de la equidad de género.https://t.co/dYAIN8zC3L— elespectador (@elespectador) January 13, 2021
Until the beginning of this year, Escovar was the president of Terpel, the second company with the highest income in all of Colombia, only behind the public oil company (Ecopetrol). She is part of the group of the 50 most powerful women in Colombia, according to Forbes.
This Colombian was one of the founders of Crepes and Waffles, one of the most important food chains in Colombia. From this company, Fernández has promoted the hiring of female heads of household mothers, empowering thousands of women in the country.